Microsoft discusses upcoming Zunes

We've been hearing rumors about future revisions of Microsoft's Zune portable media player for a while, but Microsoft had yet to either confirm or deny them—until now. Gadget blog Whiz Byte has received a statement from a Microsoft representative that sheds a good amount of light on the software giant's strategy for future Zune models. The statement starts off with a mention that "Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season." It then goes on to say:
There are three predictable paths along which we’ll expand Zune:
  • Device family – adding in new sizes, styles and price points
  • Features – we’ll move towards parity with iPod building in support for video, podcasting, etc and at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc
  • Geographic Markets – we’ll start to expand the international footprint of Zune over time but only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market
  • The statement also adds that the firmware of existing Zunes can be "automatically updated with new features when the new software is launched." (Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.)
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