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Friday, July 07, 2006

More On The xPod

Ars Technica pours over the latest news of Microsoft's apparently impending Personal Media Player:

While details are sparse—not even a name—the Microsoft player will be in the stores in time for Christmas. What is known is that it will boast a larger, "more advanced" screen than the current video iPod, and that it will have WiFi, presumably for downloading content directly to the player. There is also a pitch towards "Connected Entertainment" and social networking, possibly in conjunction with Xbox Live and/or Windows Mobile handsets.
-- Microsoft to introduce portable media player to compete with iPod

Apparently it will also suck in your existing iTunes library, which will cost Microsoft a bundle but clearly they hope to pull the proverbial carpet out. I doubt Microsoft will be able to knock the iPod off it's equally proverbial pedestal though, but it should be interesting. If it's got WiFi perhaps it could have more interoperability with the 360 than just Xbox Live? Would be nice, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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