Microsoft on new iPods

"It is another good day for Microsoft." Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray famously used that line seven years ago, briefing reporters at the company's landmark antitrust trial, right after the software giant took a beating in court. The Zune folks didn't use that specific wording, but they did try to shrug off the latest crop of […]

"It is another good day for Microsoft."

Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray famously used that line seven years ago, briefing reporters at the company's landmark antitrust trial, right after the software giant took a beating in court.

The Zune folks didn't use that specific wording, but they did try to shrug off the latest crop of iPods.

"This may come as a shock to folks, but today's Apple Computer announcement doesn't actually change any of our plans," Zune unit blogger Cesar Menendez said in a blog posting on Wednesday. "Of course we watched with some degree of interest but our plans have been in motion for some time now."

It's not entirely clear what those plans are, however. The software maker came out with the original 30GB Zune last November. The company is widely expected to come out with follow-up devices for this holiday season, with the consensus expectations calling for a flash player and an update to its existing hard drive-based product.

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Microsoft, Zune, Zune Phone, Apple, iPod