Microsoft Zune digital media player
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Is Microsoft’s $249 Zune digital media player an iPod killer? The Zune hits stores on November 14, 2006 and will come preloaded with songs, music videos, and film shorts.
The device will contain 30GB of storage; wi-fi technology and, a built-in FM tuner. The device can hold 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video. It will come in black, white, and brown.
The Zune will have a 3″ screen.
Tne Zune’s software can import existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player. The music files must in unprotected WMA, MP3, AAC (formats); photos in JPEG; and videos in WMV, MPEG-4, H.264.
Therefore, songs purchased through iTunes, Urge, Rhapsody, or Napster won’t work on the Zune.
The Zune’s wireless capability will let users share music, playlists and photos from one device to another.
Black Zune in action
Brown Zune in action
White Zune in action
Users can purchase new content, including individual songs, through Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.
A Zune Pass subscription gives consumers complete access for $14.99 per month. Users can also purchase songs individually using Microsoft Points for 79 points per track, which is roughly equal to $0.99.