Monday, April 17, 2006

Microsoft to take on Apple's iPod with Media Player 11

Microsoft plans to jazz up its music player in Windows Vista, the company's next operating system. But at least some of the new features will debut much sooner.

The software, which will be built into Vista, is designed to offer better synching with portable devices, make it easier to scroll through long libraries of music, and be tightly integrated with Urge, a new subsciption and download music servive co-developed by Microsoft and MTV Networks.

Windows Media Player 11 looks set to come out in June and is clearly designed to try and take on Apple's iPod. I just wonder if it can - after all the iPod has such a huge lead and of course Media Player downloaded songs will not play on the iPod - unless of course your in France later this year!

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