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Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:00 am PT (01:00 pm ET)

Zune's wireless capabilities overblown - report

Microsoft's upcoming Zune digital media player has long been rumored to sport on-the-go wireless capabilities that would differentiate it from Apple's iPod offerings, but it appears those reports are partially inaccurate.

According to a report published on Twice, retailers briefed by Microsoft say Zune will offer Wi-Fi capability but will require that the player be connected to a PC in order to purchase tracks.

"Retailers, who claimed Microsoft remained 'fuzzy' on the Zune’s wireless capability, said only that Zune will allow users to bookmark songs that may be shared via Wi-Fi, but that users cannot purchase songs on the go from the Microsoft Zune Web site," the report states.

Retailers cited in the report further state that the player will incorporate a 30GB hard drive, be available in three colors and retail for US$299.

At least one retailer has claimed that Zune's display screen would be larger than that of Apple’s video iPod models.

"The retailers were pleased with Microsoft’s feature-per-price package," the report adds.

Last month, Microsoft confirmed that has been working on music and entertainment products that will compete with Apple's iPod and iTunes jukebox software.

Media reports suggest Microsoft will launch the music initiative in November.