Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Zune portable media players, software and online store. The devices rival the Apple iPod.
The company also introduced Zune Social, a beta online community Web site.
The two new models of Zune portable media players feature the Zune Pad, a touch-sensitive button for navigating on the device, as well as wireless sync, a feature that allows Zune devices to automatically sync over the device owner’s home wireless network when it is connected to an AC adaptor, in a dock or speaker dock accessory.
Existing Zune owners will receive new software features, the redesigned PC and device software and access to the new Zune Marketplace when everything is released to the public in mid-November, according to Microsoft.
The three Zune portable digital media players: a Zune 80GB hard-drive model to list at $249.99; the Zune 4GB at $149.99 and Zune 8GB $199.99 flash models.