Microsoft’s Answer to the iPod? The Zune.

It looks like Microsoft’s so-called iPod-killer will be called the Zune.  BetaNews is reporting it may be released as early as this October.  The Zune seems to be the software giant’s flagship product; there may be another, smaller, more scaled-down device called the Pyxis.  It will rival Apple’s iPod nano.

The entire initiative falls under the name “Project Argo,” and insiders believe Microsoft is working on at least two portable players. Zune, which first surfaced in June, is believed to be the iPod-like device that would include wireless connectivity in a design very reminiscent of the Apple iPod.

Sources have confirmed to BetaNews that a second player exists, known by the code-name “Pyxis.” While details are scant on the player’s features, it is being billed as a competitor to the iPod nano in both size and functionality, with the addition of video support. Talk of a third device has not been verified.

As posted to this blog July 14, the Zune will offer Wi-Fi capabilities.  Gizmodo reports Internet radio streaming may be a feature Microsoft will offer:

Microsoft’s concentrating on features the iPod doesn’thave, instead of trying to beat Apple at their own game. The tipmeister reiterates that ad-hoc networkingfeature will be there, as well as a possible buffered internet radio streaming feature. If you’re within range of a WiFi signal and you’re listening to a station, the device will snatch as much of the feed as it can so when you wander out of WiFi signal, it’ll keep playing the stream as if you were in range. This might not make its way into the final product, so don’t get your hopes up too high.

The folks over at Engadget posted a picture of the device:

The Zune?

The device sports a clean design.  Will its OS be a sleek as its outside?  This random broad sure hopes so!

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