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Additional Zune features surface

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Fri September 15, 2006

More Zune features surface

Microsoft's announcement yesterday of its Zune media player left out details such as the company's longer-term strategy for the Zune name. Microsoft is now addressing those unanswered questions, according to Electronista, as the new device will support the unprotected formats of the iPod. Zune will support H.264 and MPEG-4 video as well as AAC audio, alongside the expected MP3 and Windows Media formats. Despite the wide-aspect screen, however, video will remain limited to the same 320x240 resolution as Apple's iPod. Microsoft has also said that its current strategy is relatively limited, and that videos will not yet be available to buy at the Zune Marketplace. Despite this, the software giant has openly stated its intent to produce a Zune-branded music phone -- positioning its future handset in direct competition with the Apple music phone expected next year.

by MacNN Staff





  1. sc_markt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A MSFT branded phone?

    I can't believe that Microsoft is going to make their own phone now that Apple is making one. What a company of followers. And you think with over 90% worldwide market share, they'd have to copy a small company to stay ahead.

    Sickening. But very telling Mark

  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wide aspect

    the screen is not wide aspect. it's 4:3, just like the ipod.

  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can't wait and see what the zune can deliver.

  1. tom_heijtink

    Joined: Dec 1969


    320x240 resolution

    Apple doesn't have a 320X240 limited Resolution. Where has this guy been. Apple's new resolution is 640X480. Also I wonder how zune is going to sell it's music if you can just make a wireless connection with another user to share songs? yeah right. A music producer is going to sell music that you can just share? Oh no it's only possible with unprotected files. Which music files are unprotected? those ripped from CD and those illegally downloaded. hmmm.. Zune goes to the moon.

  1. dsteinman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they'd have to copy..

    Remember, Microsoft's development is in Redmind, but their research and product management is in Cupertino..

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