Microsoft's attempt to break into the music market brings with it some interesting features. Zune comes with an FM tuner, and will be available in black, brown and white. A significant advancement compared to the iPod, Zune has a 3-inch screen that allows you to show off music, pictures and videos, and even let you customise your Zune "desktop".
Zune also offers some interesting social networking features with Wi-Fi connectivity between other Zune devices. This wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing lets you instantly share songs, play lists and even photos with your friends.
And of course Zune can't be a trendy MP3 player without a long list of accessories. The Zune Car Pack is said to include a built-in FM tuner and a car charger, while the Zune Home A/V Pack integrates the device with the TV and music speakers.
As for how much Zune will cost, it's a subject that's up for debate. American discount retailer Wal-Mart originally listed Zune on its website for US$284, before taking the listing down. Speculation continues that Zune will start off around US$300. By comparison, a 30 gig iPod costs about US$250.
The device will make its debut in the United States around the holiday season. Still no word when Zune will be available in Australia.