Microsoft Zune Gets Officially Announced

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The official details for the Microsoft Zune player are here, and we've got the specs for you—most of which we've already known for a while now. The player will have a 30GB hard drive, built-in FM tuner, 3.0-inch screen, and 802.11 wireless. It will also come in three colors, black, brown and white.

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More after the jump.

The wireless networking connects your Zune to other Zunes, letting you share "full-length sample tracks of select songs", your recordings, your playlists and your pictures with others. You can listen to a track from another person for up to three days, after which you'll have to buy it from the Zune Marketplace store—their official name for the store.

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The Zune Marketplace can be used as a per-song purchase plan—like iTunes—or you can subscribe to a Zune Pass subscription to download as many songs as you want for a flat fee—like Napster.

There's also pre-loaded music on your Zune from several smaller record labels, not to mention music videos.

Some accessories for the Zune are the Zune Car Pack, which is an FM-tuner with AutoSeek and Zune Car Charger, the Zune Home A/V pack, which lets you connect your Zune to your TV or home stereo system, and the Zune Travel Pack, which gives you headphones, a remote, a bag, a sync cable and an AC adapter. Microsoft is working with other manufacturers like Altec Lansing, Belkin, Griffin, harman Kardon, JBL and more to make additional accessories.

No pricing information or launch date yet.

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My big unanswered question is still what video formats it supports. If MS surprises us and supports DivX, XviD, and MPEG4 in general, they've gained a sale (my wife can keep the Creative Zen Vision: M she constantly steals from me). If not I have little interest.