The Zune Is a Multimedia Player, Not a Handheld

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The Zune, Microsoft’s first music and video player, hit store shelves today.

There has been a certain amount of confusion about this device among handheld and smartphone users. Despite what some might think, the Zune does not run Windows Mobile and doesn’t synchronize via ActiveSync.

It is intended as a competitor for the iPod, and as such can only play audio and video. Few would consider it a replacement for a handheld or smartphone, as it doesn’t offer most of the functions that these devices do, like personal information management, email, web browsing, and many more.

However, those interested in a unit with far more storage capacity than is available in any Windows Mobile or Palm OS model might consider getting a Zune as a supplementary device.

A zPhone?

Microsoft has made it clear that the Zune is just the first in a whole line of multimedia devices.One of these will be a Zune-branded phone.

A few months ago, Chris Stephenson, general manager of global marketing for Zune, said, "A Zune phone is definitely part of the future of this brand."

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