Microsoft shows off iPod killer: Zune

15 09 2006

Microsoft took the wraps off its Zune media player on Thursday, though what’s underneath is largely what enthusiasts had come to expect.

The device, which the company anticipates will be ready in time for the holidays, will come in three colours and be capable, via its built-in wi-fi, of sharing full-length songs with other nearby Zune devices, the software giant said. As had been revealed through regulatory filings, it includes a 30GB hard drive as well as a 3-inch screen. The Zune will come in black, brown and white but the company has declined to reveal any pricing information.Zune Player

With the Zune, Microsoft is chasing Apple and its iconic music player, the iPod, which has thus far eclipsed all challengers. For Microsoft to mount a serious campaign against Apple – which has sold more than 60 million iPods in five years – the Zune has to offer compelling features the iPod lacks, analysts say. This gets harder and harder to do with Apple’s continuous upgrades of the iPod.

Microsoft plans to launch a number of accessories, including Zune car chargers, docking stations and gear that will allow Zune to connect to televisions and music speakers. Helping Microsoft with the accessories are many of the same companies that manufacture Apple accessories, including Altec Lansing, Belkin and Digital Lifestyle Outfitters.

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7 responses

18 11 2006
Tomas

Hello,
What do I have to do, to make an audiobook file appear on the audiobook folder on my iPod?
I didn't get it how does it work.
Is there a special extension for audiobooks, because I've tried to convert to ACC (tutorial on this forum) but it didn't work.
Please, help me.
Thanks

18 11 2006
Kody

Hi everyone.
What's a good alternative to the IPOD?
I'm wondering if any of you can recommend a good MP3 player that is comparable to the IPod but WITHOUT they hype and price tabe to go with it.
I was at the apple store a few days ago, and really liked the new 40GB or 80GB IPods that also show video, but was wondering if I could get the same kind of funcationality without that heftly price tag.

30 03 2007
NERD

u nerds

30 03 2007
NERD

WERD NERD

30 03 2007
NERD

WERD NERD

30 03 2007
NERD

wasup fools the ipod is well good in bed

30 03 2007
SATAN

I AM COMING TO DESTROY ALL HUMANS

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