Microsoft to launch iPod rival by Christmas?
Last month, Reuters quoted anonymous
sources as saying Microsoft was working on a rival to Apple's iPod and
iTunes duo. Now, Reuters' sources say Microsoft is ready
to unleash its iPod competitor by Christmas. The device will play
music and videos like the iPod, the sources claim, but it will also be capable of
transferring data wirelessly. Reuters
doesn't say whether the wireless functionality will be achieved via Wi-Fi or
another protocol, though. Record companies are due to get their hands on
prototypes of the device "in the coming weeks."
Additional details are scarce, but one Reuters source revealed that
Microsoft is having J Allard and Robbie Bach work on the iPod killer. J
Allard is currently VP of the Xbox team and best known as one of
the founders of the Xbox project, while Robbie
Bach heads Microsoft's entire Entertainment and Devices Division,
including the Xbox business. Reuters says Allard is one of the few
Microsoft execs with experience in building a consumer device from
scratch, making his participation in the project significant.