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.