It looks like that previous brief surprise appearance was not an early April Fools' Day joke as Microsoft has officially announced the Zune HD 64. The upgraded media player will be available from April 12th on the Zune online store, ZuneOriginals.com, for $349.99 and through other retailers later. The larger storage capacity is said to be able to accommodate approximately 16,000 songs, 20 hours of HD video from Zune Marketplace, or 25,000 photos based on the usual mid-range bitrate guidelines (128Kbps WMA for music, 500Kbps WMV for video, etc.). Users will also be able to customize their Zune HD 64 ordered through the Zune online store in a variety of colors from platinum, black, blue, red, green, purple, and magenta.
In addition to the larger capacity model, list prices for the existing 16 and 32GB models will be reduced by $20 to $199.99 and $269.99, respectively. Now we just have to wait and see when the new firmware v4.5 will be reaching us.[Engadget]