On 23rd June, I wrote an entry claiming that Microsoft was working on a music and video device that would compete with Apple's iPod.
Today, an article has been published in The Seattle Times, which states that it will be released in time for Christmas and one of the cool features is a wireless internet connection, allowing users to download music without being linked to a computer! Excellent! The article goes on to say:
"Microsoft's device will be able to connect to the Internet and other devices using the Wi-Fi standard, which iTunes doesn't have, the people said. Microsoft is also promising the screen will have a better quality picture than the iPod, according to the people, who saw the slideshow Microsoft is using to promote the device. The music and TV companies are interested in working with Microsoft in order to blunt Apple's power in the market, according to people close to the media companies"
Development is being headed up by Robbie Bach and J Allard - watch this space!!
*Update* - If you head on over to Engadget, you can find even more information on the Media player, including:
"To attract current iPod users Microsoft is going to let you download for free any songs you've already bought from the iTunes Music Store. They'll actually scan iTunes for purchased tracks and then automatically add those to your account. Microsoft will still have to pay the rights-holders for the songs, but they believe it'll be worth it to acquire converts to their new player"
*Update* - iPod rival speculation dampened - BBC Website
Firstly, apologies for the incredibly weak link between a UK Quiz Show from the 1980's , and Microsoft's