Microsoft Zune - an upcoming iPod rival

Posted on Tuesday, July 11 2006 @ 13:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gizmodo got their hands on a photo and some more information about Microsoft's upcoming MP3 player. The device was codenamed Argo and it looks like the final product name will be "Zune".
The pic on the right seems to be the final design, which makes the player very clean—a definite departure from Microsoft's other endeavors. You all remember the video Microsoft's own people made to illustrate their packaging shortcomings? Well, it seems like they haven't learned much, as our tipster tells us the packaging itself is pretty ugly.

Our mole also says there's no game menu to be seen on the device, putting those rumors of portable gaming from Xbox branding in possible jeopardy. More game options possibly coming in the 2nd iteration.
Nothing is official yet but the Microsoft Zune digital audio player will likely be ready for a Christmas release.

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