the news yesterday that Microsoft upcoming portable media player which has
been code-named "Argo" is officially to be called Zune. Zune is said
to have player to player wireless song transfer, a brushed metal backing and
will be available in a variety of colors.
Today, we have word from iLounge
that Microsoft has been in direct
contact with iPod accessory manufacturers to score licensing deals for its
player. iLounge also confirms that
Microsoft is willing to offer lower licensing costs compared to Apple's "Made for iPod"
program. Microsoft is likely hoping that lower licensing costs will allow
third-party manufacturers to produce just as many accessories for Zune as there
available for the range of iPods.
As for the Zune itself, there has been much talk about the
rumored wireless capabilities of the device. iLounge has some speculation on how the Zune’s wireless function
will be used:
reported, the Nike+iPod Sport Kit uses an Apple-developed version of 802.11,
which may offer bandwidth and other benefits over the various flavors of
Bluetooth, but could lock third-party developers out from creating compatible
accessories. It is unclear whether Microsoft’s technology, which reportedly
enables music “sharing” between multiple Zune users, will resemble Apple’s in
all regards, but it will likely be available to third-party developers for