Engadget reports that a new firmware update for Zune HD will be out soon. The new firmware update will be numbered v4.5. The update will provide expanded MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile support which includes Xvid and AVI codec support as well. There is also a new application called Smart DJ. The Smart DJ application is Microsoft’s alternative to iPod Genius feature. The Smart DJ application will let users create an instant playlist mix whenever they want. If the user has a Zune Pass subscription, music from Zune Marketplace will also be added to your playlist.
The press release from Microsoft also stated that users can browse and stream music from Zune Marketplace directly to their TV using the Zune HD A/V dock. When connected via Wi-Fi, it can be used to stream content from Zune’s marketplace and thus it becomes an alternative to popular apps like Pandora or Slacker Radio on the iTouch platform. What this firmware update does not bring is DivX codec support. Microsoft also did not comment about Mac support for Zune HD. There was no word about the international launch of Zune HD as well. It does not look like either of these things will happen in the near future.
It is also believed that Microsoft will soon be launching a 64Gb version of Zune HD.