Whoah. More Zune HD Stuff

Sat May 16, 2009 at 12:22:43 PM EST

Ok, I'm pissed.

I am 99.9% positive that I am getting an iPhone (or whatever the rumored new one will be) late this summer.

And then I read some of the following quotes from a recent TeamXbox article regarding the ZuneHD:

"Buy a song, a movie or a TV show on your Xbox, play the content later on the handheld or the other way around. Play an Xbox Live Arcade game either on your Xbox or in this handheld. "

"Another source consulted for this story confirmed the development of such mobile device, at least as of December of last year. This source defined the Microsoft handheld as “unlike anything on the market today,” and said that the only way to describe it is to “think of a mashup of the Sony Mylo, the PSP, and the iPhone… errr, the iPod Touch; [the MS handheld] doesn’t need access to a phone network.” That last sentence was one of the juiciest comments made, since the source wanted to emphasize this device lacks access to a phone network and that’s why he changed the iPhone example with the iPod Touch."

Why? Why after literally years of faithful Zune service do they unveil this now? I was very comfortable and so ready to get an iPhone and now...I have to reconsider.

Is anyone else's jaw literally on the floor right now? Further, are statements like the following just smoke and mirrors for hype?:

"According to one source, Microsoft will address several competitors with this handheld: Apple, Sony, Nintendo…and Google? “Yes, Google,” the source said."

“When this handheld arrives, people will say it is Microsoft’s response to the iPhone, the Nintendo DS, the PSP, and so on, but it will be pretty evident that this device, its software, and services have been in the works for a very long time,” the source added.

Your thoughts?