Zune HD gets new games, apps

By Kip Kniskern | Posted August 2, 2011 37 comments

zunelogoWe have to admit, as much as we like our Windows Phone for games and music, we’re missing the ol’ Zune HD a bit (sold it to help pay for the fancy new smartphone!).  So it’s with a bit of jealousy that we get to report today on some new and updated apps just out for the Zune HD, courtesy of Zune MVP Marques Lyons over at Inside the Circle.

Seven new games, two new apps (including Calendar!), and three updated apps are now available and ready for your Zune HD now on the Zune Marketplace.

Are you Zune HD fans?  Let us know what you think of the new games and apps!

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 9:18 am
Category: News
Tags: Zune
  • jibba_jabba

    Good on MS to keep adding things for the Zune HD. I thought once WP7 came out they would be dropping Zune support like a hot rock.

  • Anonymous

    Good on MS to keep adding things for the Zune HD. I thought once WP7 came out they would be dropping Zune support like a hot rock.

  • Anonymous

    Good on MS to keep adding things for the Zune HD. I thought once WP7 came out they would be dropping Zune support like a hot rock.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    Zune still exists :O?

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Zune still exists :O?

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Zune still exists :O?

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    I’ve never owned a Zune (but I do love my WP7), and I do think there’s still a market for a solid personal info-tainment device that doesn’t have built-in phone functionality. Moving forward, Microsoft should manufacture a Windows Phone – just without the phone – and continue selling it under whatever they want to call the brand (I happen to like Zune), just like Apple does with the iPod Touch. A unified iOS ecosystem on different form factors gives Apple an advantage. Imagine being able to run all your WP7 apps/functions on a Zune, with access to the same Marketplace, with an identical Metro UI. I could see buying those for my kids until they’re ready for real phones.

    • topleya

      I agree, WP7 should be ported to a non-phone device, yeah I know its basically copying the Apple strategy, but no one can argue that that strategy works.

      I’ve just sold my Zune 8 and ordered a Zune HD 16, basically because I love my WP7 but would rather have an independant media player so I’m not using my phones charge playing music and I have space to have photos & apps on my phone instead of loosing it to music files.

    • Roy Pardee

      I too would love that, but aren’t ipod touch sales down lately?  I thought I’d heard rumblings that smartphones were eating the personal media player category..

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never owned a Zune (but I do love my WP7), and I do think there’s still a market for a solid personal info-tainment device that doesn’t have built-in phone functionality. Moving forward, Microsoft should manufacture a Windows Phone – just without the phone – and continue selling it under whatever they want to call the brand (I happen to like Zune), just like Apple does with the iPod Touch. A unified iOS ecosystem on different form factors gives Apple an advantage. Imagine being able to run all your WP7 apps/functions on a Zune, with access to the same Marketplace, with an identical Metro UI. I could see buying those for my kids until they’re ready for real phones.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, WP7 should be ported to a non-phone device, yeah I know its basically copying the Apple strategy, but no one can argue that that strategy works.

      I’ve just sold my Zune 8 and ordered a Zune HD 16, basically because I love my WP7 but would rather have an independant media player so I’m not using my phones charge playing music and I have space to have photos & apps on my phone instead of loosing it to music files.

    • Roy Pardee

      I too would love that, but aren’t ipod touch sales down lately?  I thought I’d heard rumblings that smartphones were eating the personal media player category..

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never owned a Zune (but I do love my WP7), and I do think there’s still a market for a solid personal info-tainment device that doesn’t have built-in phone functionality. Moving forward, Microsoft should manufacture a Windows Phone – just without the phone – and continue selling it under whatever they want to call the brand (I happen to like Zune), just like Apple does with the iPod Touch. A unified iOS ecosystem on different form factors gives Apple an advantage. Imagine being able to run all your WP7 apps/functions on a Zune, with access to the same Marketplace, with an identical Metro UI. I could see buying those for my kids until they’re ready for real phones.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, WP7 should be ported to a non-phone device, yeah I know its basically copying the Apple strategy, but no one can argue that that strategy works.

      I’ve just sold my Zune 8 and ordered a Zune HD 16, basically because I love my WP7 but would rather have an independant media player so I’m not using my phones charge playing music and I have space to have photos & apps on my phone instead of loosing it to music files.

    • Roy Pardee

      I too would love that, but aren’t ipod touch sales down lately?  I thought I’d heard rumblings that smartphones were eating the personal media player category..

  • Mike Lowrey

    I would love a ZuneHD styled WP7 device… my TD2(which is the closest device from a design aspect) could finally be replaced.

    • wizkid

      That would be close to the Samsung Captivate, but rectangular, a few buttons.. It could work.. would make a nice looking phone.

  • alterSchwede

    I would love a ZuneHD styled WP7 device… my TD2(which is the closest device from a design aspect) could finally be replaced.

    • cuz84d

      That would be close to the Samsung Captivate, but rectangular, a few buttons.. It could work.. would make a nice looking phone.

  • alterSchwede

    I would love a ZuneHD styled WP7 device… my TD2(which is the closest device from a design aspect) could finally be replaced.

    • cuz84d

      That would be close to the Samsung Captivate, but rectangular, a few buttons.. It could work.. would make a nice looking phone.

  • mysqueakycat

    I am upset about the Calendar app; I have 2 Zune HDs and this app doesn’t work right on either–apparently the time zones embedded in both my devices (32G and 64G) are different, but both wrong.  No setting to fix.  Does anybody know how to fix this?  ZuneSupport on Twitter suggested wiping the device and starting over which I’m really not wanting to do since it takes a day and half to sync each one up.  Anybody with a suggestion other than device wipe?

  • mysqueakycat

    I am upset about the Calendar app; I have 2 Zune HDs and this app doesn’t work right on either–apparently the time zones embedded in both my devices (32G and 64G) are different, but both wrong.  No setting to fix.  Does anybody know how to fix this?  ZuneSupport on Twitter suggested wiping the device and starting over which I’m really not wanting to do since it takes a day and half to sync each one up.  Anybody with a suggestion other than device wipe?

    • http://www.techblitzblog.blogspot.com Daniel Herzig

      Have you tried going to the Zune’s Clock setting and changing the time zone?

  • Anonymous

    I am upset about the Calendar app; I have 2 Zune HDs and this app doesn’t work right on either–apparently the time zones embedded in both my devices (32G and 64G) are different, but both wrong.  No setting to fix.  Does anybody know how to fix this?  ZuneSupport on Twitter suggested wiping the device and starting over which I’m really not wanting to do since it takes a day and half to sync each one up.  Anybody with a suggestion other than device wipe?

    • http://www.techblitzblog.blogspot.com Daniel Herzig

      Have you tried going to the Zune’s Clock setting and changing the time zone?

  • Anonymous

    I am upset about the Calendar app; I have 2 Zune HDs and this app doesn’t work right on either–apparently the time zones embedded in both my devices (32G and 64G) are different, but both wrong.  No setting to fix.  Does anybody know how to fix this?  ZuneSupport on Twitter suggested wiping the device and starting over which I’m really not wanting to do since it takes a day and half to sync each one up.  Anybody with a suggestion other than device wipe?

    • http://www.techblitzblog.blogspot.com Daniel Herzig

      Have you tried going to the Zune’s Clock setting and changing the time zone?

  • Frylock86

    Thank you Microsoft! Splendid job with some of the apps!! Maybe MS could also improve the way apps are accessed. There are now many apps and scrolling through the whole list to find the app you need takes some time. A search to launch thw app like WP7 would be perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Microsoft! Splendid job with some of the apps!! Maybe MS could also improve the way apps are accessed. There are now many apps and scrolling through the whole list to find the app you need takes some time. A search to launch thw app like WP7 would be perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Microsoft! Splendid job with some of the apps!! Maybe MS could also improve the way apps are accessed. There are now many apps and scrolling through the whole list to find the app you need takes some time. A search to launch thw app like WP7 would be perfect.

  • Guest

    I have a Zune 120 (non HD) does anyone know if these games will be available for it?
    Also, does anyone know if it is possible to load the games for Zune to Windows Phone (I have a Samsung Focus)?

    • http://www.slythefox.com/ LorenzoA

      @Steven, unfortunately only ZuneHDs get apps, not any of the other Zune devices. Windows Phone 7′s get their own apps so these won’t work unless Microsoft converts them to Windows Phone. The hardware/apps are compatible between ZuneHD and Windows Phone 7 devices.

  • Steven

    I have a Zune 120 (non HD) does anyone know if these games will be available for it?
    Also, does anyone know if it is possible to load the games for Zune to Windows Phone (I have a Samsung Focus)?

    • http://www.slythefox.com TheExMascot

      @Steven, unfortunately only ZuneHDs get apps, not any of the other Zune devices. Windows Phone 7′s get their own apps so these won’t work unless Microsoft converts them to Windows Phone. The hardware/apps are compatible between ZuneHD and Windows Phone 7 devices.

  • Steven

    I have a Zune 120 (non HD) does anyone know if these games will be available for it?
    Also, does anyone know if it is possible to load the games for Zune to Windows Phone (I have a Samsung Focus)?

    • http://www.slythefox.com TheExMascot

      @Steven, unfortunately only ZuneHDs get apps, not any of the other Zune devices. Windows Phone 7′s get their own apps so these won’t work unless Microsoft converts them to Windows Phone. The hardware/apps are compatible between ZuneHD and Windows Phone 7 devices.