Is The Microsoft Zune Just A Re-Skinned Toshiba Gigabeat?

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Is the Zune just the Toshiba player with some re-arranged buttons? An insider at Microsoft gives us some food for thought. Stay with us on this.

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First, Microsoft spun off a good portion of the Xbox 360 team to work on the Zune, including J Allard. They formed a new team called "Pyxis", which is working on the Zune. Since they only had about a year, from the launch of the Xbox 360 to this upcoming Thanksgiving, they were on a very tight, very aggressive schedule. No real time to design a completely new product from scratch.

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Given Toshiba's ties with Microsoft, plus the Gigabeat's already tight integration with Windows Media Center—and the Zune's apparent Media Center-like UI—it seems likely that the Gigabeat would be the one Microsoft picked to baseline the Zune.

Although the button placement is similar, the screen size of the Zune seems to be a little bigger than the Gigabeat. So what do readers think?

This is the last Zune piece we'll do this week. Promise!

DISCUSSION

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cchance

Give me a fu*king break Gizmodo are you that bored?

Almost every player has the similar baseline... lets see what did they "copy from the gigabeat"

It has a screen, buttons and a harddrive... and it runs a windows based software... lets see as far as im aware so does every other Non Apple PMC.. give me a break if you don't have actual new details on the Zune then why even post this?

Every PMC that runs the microsoft software is "tightly integrated with WMC"

Is this a new poster or something? Or have you just never seen a PMC that runs the Windows PMC software? they all have a similar UI to WMC...

The basis is the same but it isn't copied from the gigabeat its copied from the standard components of a media player, and last i checked the gigabeat didnt have Wifi a 400mhz processor and a fmtransmitter and reciever, nor did it have the builtin store functunality that zune is supposed to eventually have..

ALSO PLEASE GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT..

"Pyxis" Is the Nano competitor that will eventually be released after this first zune device is released... or atleast Pyxis is it's codename...