The nets were a’roil (trust me, they were
) with news that Microsoft was considering releasing an iPod/iTunes “killer” (the press’s word, not my own), but nary a word of it came from Redmond itself.
Until today, when MS dropped the bombshell: yes,
they would be releasing such a device. It would appear (as if by magic) sometime before the end of the year. It’ll be branded under the moniker “Zune” (what I wouldn’t have given for them to have named it “iZunes”), though so will forthcoming video players and portable gaming devices. There will be Wi-Fi and an internal hard drive.
There’s more information floating around, but it’s hard to separate fact from conjecture at this stage in the game. There’s a viral ad site at
Coming Zune, though I haven’t been able to derive much from it. Here’s a few sources of coverage.