Microsoft invade the iPod parade, talk new Zune’s
Also new, the updated Zune will make recommendations based on the songs someone is listening to and there will also be new Zune “channels” programmed by experts and along themes like “work-out” music.
Zune will also come with two games–Hexic and Texas Hold ‘em–and adds support for audio books in the Audible format.
Of course, this all comes a day ahead of an Apple event, at which the market leader is expected to announce changes to its iPod line.
In any case, I’m going to get a firsthand look at the Zune line later Monday and talk strategy with some Microsoft executives. So I should have more to say on the Zune front in short order.
Update: As for pricing, Microsoft plans to charge $249 for the 120GB model, $199 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 8GB flash model. It also plans to chop prices on some of the remaining older devices in the channel.