Microsoft have announced the upcoming release of their rival to Apple’s iPod – called the Zune.
The Zune will have a 30gb hard drive (as opposed to the top iPod’s 80gb), will have an iTunes rival called Zune Marketplace (‘cos we all know the key 18-24 year old demographic thinks marketplaces are cool) and will allow limited sharing of songs over wifi (limited as in the shared song can be played 3 times or stored for 3 days after which it disappears!). Somehow I don’t see that kind of sharing being too appealing when the sharing being done right now (burn to mp3 cd and give to friends!) is still far superior (and cheaper).
Oh, and while it can play video, you can’t buy video in the Zune Marketplace nor can you share video.
I didn’t see mention of the ability to subscribe to podcasts anywhere either – unbelievably lame. Podcasts are the only thing I listen to on my iPod.
Apple can’t be too worried.
Still, it looks nice in brown, doesn’t it?
[Update] – this is the top story on TechMeme right now