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Toshiba to make Microsoft's Zune media player

Microsoft Corp. said Friday that Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. will manufacture its upcoming "Zune" portable media player, the software giant's answer to Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod.
/ Source: Reuters

Microsoft Corp. said Friday that Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. will manufacture its upcoming "Zune" portable media player, the software giant's answer to Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod.

A company spokeswoman confirmed that a filing made by Toshiba for a portable audio player to the Federal Communications Commission is for Zune, due out later this year.

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The filing reveals that the device will come with a 3-inch liquid crystal display screen, a 30-gigabyte hard-disk drive and has wireless connectivity.

Microsoft would not disclose any more details, but said more information was coming in the "next couple of weeks." Toshiba was not immediately available for comment.

The world's largest software maker faces an uphill climb in closing the gap with Apple's iPod media player and iTunes Music Store, the runaway leaders in their respective areas.

The iPod holds more than half of the digital media player market, according to research company NPD, while iTunes accounts for over 70 percent of U.S. digital music sales. In the United States, the iPod has more than 75 percent of the digital music player market, according to NPD.