Microsoft 'Zune' iPod Challenger Confirmed by Redmond

Microsoft on Friday confirmed rumors that it would soon be releasing a digital media player to challenge Apple Computer’s popular iPod, and the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said the device and its associated software and download service will be marketed under the name “Zune,” Reuters reports.

The Zune products will be available by the end of the year, according to Reuters.

Over the past few weeks, stories and blog posts regarding Microsoft’s possible release of a digital media player to rival the iPod have flooded the Internet. Reuters recently reported that the device would be available by Christmas, citing sources close to the project. Engadget.com released what it said was an early picture of the Zune prototype that was being developed under the name “Argo,” in reference to Greek Mythology’s Jason and his massive warship.

Until Friday, Microsoft refused to confirm or deny any of the rumors about the device’s upcoming release.

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