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Microsoft to challenge the iPod...

Microsoft to challenge the iPod...

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In an article published on CNet, it is claimed that Microsoft is developing it's own music and video device which will compete with Apple's iPod, and it is also creating it's own music service to rival iTunes!  Cool!

It is believed that Robbie Bach, who headed up the development of the Xbox, is overseeing the project.  I personally don't yet have a portable media player, but one I was considering investing in was the Creative Zen Vision M.  The screen quality is excellent, the interface is intuitive and simple to use, it has an FM tuner and the battery life is reported as excellent.  Prices are also dropping all the time, however, with the announcement of a Microsoft Media Player, I may just hold back for now.

One of the strong points for the Creative Zen Vision M, is the excellent integration with the new Windows Media Player 11.  If you have not had the chance to use the new media player, I would strongly recommend giving it a go, by downloading the free beta, here.  Anyone who is familiar with Media Centre, will feel instantly at home.  The search functionality is slick and it makes finding your music incredibly easy, and the ability to copy and paste your album art for your music is an excellent addition.

The integration with URGE, MTV's music service, is also second to none.  URGE has been created with WMP11 in mind, so its layout is consistent with that of WMP11, and hence, intuitive and easy to use.  I have to admit, I used to be an iTunes user, even though I have never owned an iPod, but I can safely say, I will not be going back.

You can find a cool gallery of WMP11 screenshots on CNet News.  Check it out!

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