Microsoft to update Zune hardware this year

By on April 7, 2009, 1:22 PM
Microsoft may be facing an uphill battle in the portable media player market against Apple and its wildly popular iPod, but the company certainly isn't ready to give up the fight. In fact, Microsoft’s media player division marketing manager Brian Seitz has just confirmed that the company will release new Zune hardware this year.

Sadly no specific details have been revealed but he does make it clear that this year's update will be more significant than the fall 2008 refresh, which simply increased storage capacity and added firmware support for buying songs over Wi-Fi. We're curious to know what sort of announcements Microsoft will make regarding their Zune line. Rumors have circulated that the company plans a smartphone-media player crossover device, although Seitz himself has denied this, and possibly even a living room media device under the Zune banner.

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9Nails said:
The one place in my mind that hurts the Zune more than any other is in the connector cable. I don't know if this is possible, but the Zune would benefit from using the same iPod interface adapter. This would expand it's accessory market, and for those of us with an iPod, we could just select the most affordable player instead of the one that works with our existing accessories.
Tekkaraiden said:
You want Microsoft to use a proprietary apple connector? I really doubt that is going to happen.
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