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Microsoft making iPod accessory makers support Zune - Mp4 Converter

Updated July 17,2006

Microsoft is trying to woo accessory makers that are currently making iPod accessories into supporting their upcoming Zune. Microsoft hopes these iPod accessories manufacturers will make items such as speaker docks and FM transmitters that will fit in the Zune MP3 player's expansion port—much like devices communicate with the iPod via its port. Microsoft is also offering a sweeter deal in lower licensing fees compared to the fees Apple charges for operating for their iPod.

Because the Zune MP3 player will have wireless capabilities built right in, accessories similar to the Nike+iPod won't need a separate peripheral to communicate with the player. It's possible Bluetooth stereo headsets will be able to connect to the Zune MP3 player right out of the box. It seems that Microsoft's taken the idea that made their Xbox so powerful—Xbox Live and its ability to connect you to other people—and transferred it to the Zune. Maybe that will be the way Microsoft beats the iPod? – Jason Chen

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