Microsoft is planning to issue a firmware update next month designed to fix a glitch that is causing some owners of its Zune music player to experience skipping when playing songs purchased from Microsoft's online store.
Zune marketing director Jason Reindorp said the company plans to issue the update sometime in the middle of this month. He said the downloadable update will also offer other performance improvements but no major feature updates to the player, which debuted in November.
He added that the update will also "improve overall software reliability and efficiency".
Reindorp said the Zune held its number two spot in hard drive-based digital music players in January, citing NPD numbers that give Microsoft 9.9 per cent of the market. The company still trails Apple's iPod in the hard drive-based music area and does not yet have a flash-based device to compete with the iPod Nano or Shuffle.