Microsoft has unveiled the second generation of Zune digital music players and will offer consumers 1 million unprotected songs on its online music store.
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will offer three new models of the Zune in November including two equipped with flash memory. The 4GB and 8GB versions are iPod Nano look-alikes that will sell for a suggested retail price of $149 and $199 respectively. An 80GB player equipped with a hard drive will sell for $249. The pricing scheme for the new models mirrors that of Apple’s iPod prices for comparable models exactly.
Some of the other changes include a complete overhaul of the device’s software and a redesign of Marketplace, Zune’s music store. Some of the more interesting features include wireless syncing and the new Zune Pad, a touch-sensitive technology that enables users to brush the main navigation button instead of having to click.
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