Offical Zune Specs – Lacks Codec Support

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News about the launch date along with more details on the specs have been posted in the official press release. The important stuff: September 15th release; $220 / $290 for the 16GB and 32GB respectively; in store colors 16GB comes in black- 32GB in platinum; you will be able to get 5 different colors with 10 different engravings in any capacities; 33 hrs music / 8.5 hrs video.

All great news and some sweet looking specs, however, one thing this is really concerning: lack of DivX/XviD support. Windows 7 along with XBox 360 supports these file types right out of the box. The Zune HD features one of the most powerful mobile graphics processors to date, so it’s somewhat disheartening to see the lack of support for mainstream codec that is already supported on other Microsoft products. By contrast many of the other players such as the Samsung P3 or the Cowon S9 both playback DivX/XviD quite nicely.

If you are a DivX fan and are interested in the Zune HD I would encourage you to be vocal about this issue in the Zune HD forums and across the web. It is something that is possible to add in future firmware updates.

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gebal on August 13, 2009 3:38 PM

still nothing about coming to Europe though :(

Lewis on August 13, 2009 4:04 PM

“H.264 video – Baseline Profile up to 2.5 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second). Zune software will transcode HD H.264 files at device sync.”Does this mean that it wont even play real HD resolution files (720p) at all? If so, there’s the real deal breaker for me…

fria on August 13, 2009 4:08 PM

Cnet’s Buzz Out Loud had an interview with a Zune PR rep who acknowledged the lack of codec support as well as the lack of UMS. His take was that in order for the Zune to provide the features that compliment the music, automatic album art downloads and library cinching, they kept the codecs to a minimum. Certainly, if they really wanted to, they could have added more. But I think it’s a reasonable explanation for the give and take of the player.

Photman on August 13, 2009 4:17 PM

Where did you get those battery specs? (33 hrs music / 8.5 hrs video) Where I read is 24 hours with wifi off and 4 hours video.

Hirudin on August 13, 2009 5:16 PM

If you do choose to voice your opinions on the Zune HD forums I suggest you interrupt as many threads as you can (no matter what topic they started with) and write your comments in all bold and CAPS. Make sure to use as many exclamation marks as possible.If your opinions don’t work, just parrot the opinions of someone else. If all else fails, just start making stuff up. Accuse them of trying to kill your grandma, that always turns people to your side of an argument./political irony

Grahm on August 13, 2009 6:38 PM

@photman got those directly from the people at Zune on the phone yesterday. Those 33/8.5 are correct and actually i was told these were figured out on the low side. But we will see when we do some real world testing.@Hirudin lol…Also check out this article at Ars. Talks about the Tegra inside the Zune, very interesting.

jacobdrj on August 13, 2009 7:53 PM

I wonder what the battery life will be for the HD radio?

Ahmad on August 14, 2009 2:08 AM

Hey guys your info is partially wrong. are the official Zune HD specs. Engadget called them up to get the detailed info.

Relyt on August 14, 2009 10:05 AM

What are the DivX and H.264 file extensions?

Hirudin on August 15, 2009 3:52 PM

Without getting too nerdy DivX and H.264 are “codecs”. Codec, or Co – Dec, stands for Coder Decoder. Codecs are what is used to encode and decode video.The file extensions that are used for videos actually refer to the “container” format they use. Some common containers are AVI, MKV, WMV, and MP4.The encoded video is stored (along with audio, typically) in the container. Other stuff can be included in the container as well, like subtitles and additional audio streams.DivX are -usually- stored in AVIs and H.264 is usually stored in MP4s (MKV is common too). DivX can also be put into MKV (and probably MP4 as well) and I’m pretty sure H.264 can be put into AVI.For a media player to be able to display a video file it must be compatible with both the codec and the container. It sounds like the Zune HD doesn’t have support for the DivX codec for some insane reason, even though it’s one-of-the (if not THE MOST) popular codecs currently. It also doesn’t appear to be compatible with the AVI codec, which is even harder to explain.

Hirudin on August 15, 2009 3:55 PM

Oops, I called AVI a “codec” at the end of my last post. It should read “container”.It’s all pretty confusing.

erwerwer on August 15, 2009 6:20 PM

no divx yeah whatever…as long as it has unicode lol. j/kwell i’m not even planning to buy an HD but i really HOPE they’ll release a new FW for the older zunes which finally adds unicode support ~~i hate hanging around with the ugly 1.4 FW which is the most recent that still supports the unicode hack. duh.

Stephanie C. on August 15, 2009 6:21 PM

The reason isn’t exactly “insane”, Hirudin. MSFT is very much like Apple, they want a CLOSED system they profit from.AVI and DivX are free of DRM. Both these companies want those who are unware of how to convert video to BUY video.

Hirudin on August 16, 2009 4:56 AM

That’s true, Apple’s model is to sell you their player as a conduit to their media. It’s a shame that Microsoft is mimicking Apple in this regard.

Metallic Blade on August 17, 2009 1:15 AM

No Deal… So, I can see now that Micro$oft is no different then Apple. No popular codec/container support, No lossless codec support (FLAC and Vorbis), and no custom EQ.Nothing has changed…

MarvintheMartian on August 19, 2009 2:18 PM

@Metallic BladeVorbis is not lossless, it’s lossy. And they do support lossless… but it’s WMA lossless. Still, your point about them being “Apple-ish” is valid. If they allowed MSC mode, then I would consider retracting that statement….but we all know they won’t. Disappointing, as the device has lots of potential, but these practices(which are their right to do) will cause many people to not buy it.

Salim Fadhley on September 17, 2009 4:17 PM

This is a really dumb move.All the people who are not bothered about lack of Vorbis / DivX support already own iPods and iPhones. For the rest of the world this is a deal-breaker.

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