Daily Debrief: Microsoft Zune updates

In Tuesday's edition of the Daily Debrief, CNET News' Kara Tsuboi and Ina Fried discuss Microsoft's new and improved music player. Will it help boost Redmond's market share?

At last week's Apple event, CEO Steve Jobs informed the crowd that Apple holds roughly 73 percent of the MP3 market share. According to his numbers, Microsoft has a hold on a little more than 2 percent of the market. Given the ubiquity of the iPod versus the Zune, it's not hard to believe those figures, even if it's give or take a few percentage points.

On Tuesday, Microsoft released a new round of upgrades for its Zune , in hopes of making the gadget more competitive with the Apple offerings, and perhaps eating into that market dominance. On the Daily Debrief, CNET News senior writer Ina Fried shows off one of the new Zune versions , which looks--and is priced--suspiciously like Apple's iPod Nano.

The biggest difference between the two is the Zune's ability to connect to a handful of services via Wi-Fi. Ina explains some of the reasons why you'd want this capability on your MP3 player, but the question is, is this enough of an edge for Microsoft to increase its presence in the market?

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Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.

 

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