The Zune HD has a lot of people talking, and now thanks to some shots of the Best Buy inventory system obtained by Gizmodo we now know what Microsoft's "iPod Touch killer" will cost. The 2 models, 16 GB and 32 GB, will go for $220 and $290 respectively. This puts the Zune HD well under the price tag of the Apple iPod Touch which rings in at a staggering $299 and $399 for those sizes, and a laughable 8 GB version is also available for $229.
The Best Buy inventory system also shows the release date of Tuesday, September 8.
While it is obvious that Apple isn't out to compete with Microsoft in a dollar for dollar battle, all bets are the iPod Touch will see a price cut as early as September. The date of the Apple iPod event hasn't been announced yet, but rumors indicate a major upgrade to iTunes, some kind of netbook or tablet, and the addition of a camera to the iPod Touch and iPod Nano could be some of the headlines at the event.
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