Seattle Office of Film + Music

Microsoft has new Zune in the works
May 29, 2009, 10:17 am
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Hollywood Reporter
Microsoft plans to launch a new version of its Zune portable media player this year in the U.S., incorporating high-definition video, touch-screen technology and WiFi connection. Microsoft said Tuesday that the new Zune, its answer to Apple’s popular iPod digital music player, also will come with an Internet browser and a built-in HD radio receiver that offers higher-quality sound than traditional radio. It did not give a price or a specific date, but said it is due in the fall. The company added new features to Zune’s music service last year, enabling users to download music wirelessly and buy songs they hear on the device’s built-in FM radio.

Microsoft to offer video on Zune
February 6, 2009, 10:42 am
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Microsoft is gearing up to give Zune owners something to watch. The tech giant has created a shingle that will produce a slate of video programming exclusively for the portable device, its answer to Apple’s iPod. The move into production is being eyed as a way to help sell more Zune players, but the effort will also create another distribution platform for Hollywood’s creative community. The planned slate of original content will range from live-action and animated comedy to urban and music programming.