Microsoft to launch wireless portable media Players in Canada



    Variety of Zune players, Zune software and Zune Social music community
    site available to Canadians in Spring 2008

    TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in
Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. announced that Zune will be available in Canada in
Spring 2008. Highly anticipated by the Canadian market, music lovers will be
able to experience a richer, more connected entertainment experience with
Zune. The Canadian offering in 2008 will first include Zune players, Zune
software and the Zune Social, an online music community, before launching the
Zune Marketplace online store later this year.
    "We are excited to offer Canadians an alternative music experience with
Zune," said Craig Tullett, Group Manager, Zune Canada. "With wireless
capabilities and a unique social experience, Canadians can continue to
discover and share music in new ways."

    Creating a Personal Entertainment Experience

    With three Zune models and options for customization at ZuneOriginals.net
it will be easy for consumers to find the size, colour and design that best
suits their personal taste. All devices support video, audio and pictures.
They all have FM Tuners, the ability to sync and share songs and pictures
wirelessly and to customize the home screen image on the player with any
photo. The Zune device family includes:

    
    -  Zune 80 GB. The black Zune 80GB has a bright 3.2-inch screen and
       includes premium in-ear noise-isolating headphones at no extra cost.
    -  Zune 4GB & Zune 8GB. The slim, ultra-portable Zune 4GB and the
       Zune 8GB will both be available in a variety of colours.
    -  Zune Originals. Canadians will have the option to customize and
       purchase their Zune player with laser-engraved designs from leading
       artists around the world and personal text options through the Zune
       Originals online store.
    

    Zune Social: People-powered music discovery

    Built around the inherently social nature of music and aimed at helping
people discover new music to add to their collection, the Zune Social plays a
powerful role in helping people find new music based on what their friends and
others with similar musical tastes are listening to. Consumers can easily
create and personalize their own Zune Card which automatically reflects the
music they listen to on their Zune wireless digital media player and on their
PC. The Zune Social also features rich artist pages which reflect what other
top fans of your favourite artists are listening to so that, knowing they
share your tastes, you can be turned on to the other music they like. A
consumer's Zune card can be placed on other websites such as FaceBook,
MySpace, personal blogs, etc. where it continues to update automatically and
reflect your musical personality to others around you.

    A Richer, Alternative Entertainment Experience

    Zune is redefining the digital music experience through its distinctive
features:

    
    -   Wireless sync. Consumers can set their Zune to automatically sync to
        their PC collection via a home wireless network whenever it's placed
        in its dock or plugged in to charge, making it easy to keep the Zune
        updated with the latest music or podcasts. Consumers can also
        manually start a wireless sync from their device as soon as they are
        within range of their wireless network.

    -   FM tuner. Consumers can easily listen to their favourite FM radio
        stations when they're on the go or tune into television audio at the
        gym. Zune will even display the name of the song and the artist,
        using Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) information from stations
        that broadcast it.

    -   Wireless sharing. Share select music, pictures and audio podcasts
        with other Zune devices nearby. Consumers can listen to any received
        song up to three times with no time restrictions and even pass it
        along to other friends with a Zune.

    -   Zune software. Easily drag and drop music, videos and photos to sync
        content to a Zune, create playlists, manage podcasts and burn CDs.

    -   Zune Marketplace (to be launched later in 2008). Zune Marketplace is
        designed to make it fun to browse. Choose from over 3 million songs
        and a broad collection of albums, music videos and digital rights
        management (DRM)-free MP3s to download and sync to a Zune.

    -   Zune Pass (to be launched with Zune Marketplace later in 2008). For
        about the price of one CD per month consumers can get flat-rate
        access to millions of available songs. They also have the option to
        buy songs, albums and music videos individually.

    -   Recorded television content to go. The Zune software will now import
        broadcast content recorded on Microsoft Windows Media Center for
        Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate, so consumers
        can sync it to their Zune.
    

    About Zune

    Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment brand that provides an
integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line
of portable digital media players, the Zune Marketplace online store and Zune
Social, created to help people discover music. Zune is part of Microsoft's
Entertainment and Devices Division and supports the company's software-based
services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space.
More information can be found online at http://www.zune.net/en-us/press.

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Visit Microsoft Canada's web site at www.microsoft.ca.





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