Microsoft launches the Zune!

As expected, Microsoft is busting out the Zune today, and we've got the rundown. Not a lot of surprises in the specs department, but they've confirmed the basics we've known for a while, like WiFi, 30GB of HDD, built-in FM, a 3-inch screen and the basic music, pictures and video playback. They also finally let slip the screen res -- an unsurprising QVGA -- and some better news on the codec front: the Zune supports h.264, MP3, AAC and WMA. As for ballyhoo, wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing is where the real action is at, and it works pretty much like we've been hearing: you can share a full-length track with a friend, and they've got three times to listen to it over a three day period, after which they can flag the song for purchase on the Zune Marketplace -- unless they're an unlimited "Zune Pass" subscriber, of course. You can also share playlists and pictures with your buddies, along with what we suppose are "unprotected" homemade recordings. So far Microsoft isn't mentioning Live Anywhere functionality, but they do hint heavily at future software updates to take even better advantage of the wireless capabilities. Of course, it all really comes down to matching your Zune with that snazzy new fall wardrobe of yours, and to that end the Zune comes in black, brown and white. Sadly, Microsoft still won't spill the beans on pricing and availability (other than a vague "this holiday season"), so we'll keep an eye out for that just like always. Keep reading for all relevant pr0n.

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LAWMAN5866d ago

the only way I can see this competing with Apple is if the price is at least 25% lower than the iPod.

Sphinx5866d ago

...with what you said.

Shadow Flare5866d ago

ipod has been around for years. Its cool, works great and is a household name

once again, microsoft sees the success the ipod has had and they decide to cash in on the mp3 market. So they basically design an ipod with a few upgrades. But they've come into this too late.

Oh yeah, and the name is crap too

BIadestarX5866d ago

why would this be a bad thing for the consumer? I bet you if Nintendo or Sony would come up with something like this, you would be moaning or humping the monitor... Fanboys are just plain sad... Don't you know that wherever new features microsoft this comes with IPod will try to better it? So, who benefits? everyone.