Microsoft has announced that its Zune portable audio player will
be available on November 14 and will match the price of the 30GB 5.5G Apple
iPod. The company also announced that songs will be available for 99c each and
a $14.99 monthly music subscription service will also be a part of the package.
“On Nov. 14 we’re delivering not only a device, but a shared, social experience
that will be shaped by the collective imagination of consumers. We’re infusing
the spirit of discovery and sharing into everything we,” said Microsoft’s Chris
As previously reported by DailyTech, Apple's $249 price tag
for its 30GB iPod took
Microsoft by surprise. The company, which was expecting a $299 price tag
for the new iPod, scurried to come up with an alternative pricing strategy in
response to Apple.
Microsoft's Zune player features a 30GB hard drive, 3"
color display, limited WiFi connectivity for Zune-to-Zune media sharing and a
built-in FM tuner. The Zune will also come pre-loaded with a number of audio
tracks, music videos, short films and images.