Microsoft to Launch iPod Competitor by Christmas

Microsoft will start selling a digital music and video player to compete with Apple's iPod by Christmas, sources say.

The company is also said to be planning to have a wireless feature on the new player to enable the downloading of music and videos over-the-air by users, according to one source.

Microsoft Corp has been touting the new player to record companies in the last few weeks as well as a new integrated media software application developing a system akin to Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod/iTunes integrated ecosystem.

"They're proposing an iTunes model approach, another source told Reuters. "They're now interested in controlling the whole vertical stack of technology from the device to the service to the software."

News source: SMH

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