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Microsoft to Announce Zune Features

Apple can be a hard act to follow, and Microsoft may find that out at its Zune unveiling event on Thursday. Seattle Weekly reports that Microsoft is holding its media event so that it can show off the Zune player and music download service features.

The Zune media player is Microsoft's attempt at taking marketshare from Apple and its dominant iPod product line up. Zune will also have an accompanying music download service that is reported to work only with Microsoft's players.

The first Zune player is expected to sport a 30GB hard drive, color display, scroll wheel-type interface, and some type of wireless connection, and come preloaded with some music and videos. It is expected to be available in time for the holiday season for about US$300.

Microsoft may have to rethink its Zune pricing scheme. On Tuesday, Apple introduced an updated iPod line up that included a 30GB video capable model for $249. It sports a 20 hour battery life for songs, 3.5 hours for video, plays games, and a refined version of Apple's well known iPod interface.

The company also has to overcome the stigma that Windows is difficult to use. By extension, some users think the Zune players and music service will be difficult, too. That's exactly how Nick Harmer from Death Cab for Cutie feels. "I guess I'm a little skeptical [about the Zune]," he said "[Windows is] clunky, aesthetically not interesting. It's the reason why I switched from a PC to a Mac."

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