With new iPods just around the corner – or so rumors claim
– Microsoft has decided to spill the beans on the latest update to their line of Zune portable players. According to Cnet
, Microsoft will beef up Zune’s capacity, expanding the hard drive-based model to 120GB and the flash-based player to 16GB.
The Zune refresh isn't about new hardware, though, rather about new social-networking features. Most notably, Zune owners will now be able to use the device's built-in Wi-Fi to download songs, and they’ll also receive recommendations based on what they and other users listen to. New Zunes will come with two games – Hexic and Texas Hold 'em – and add support for audio books in the Audible format.
Microsoft plans to charge $249 for the 120GB model, $199 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 8GB flash model, with the new devices expected to become available on September 16.