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Microsoft releases Zune update

The software fix aims to solve an issue in which some users heard skipping when playing back purchased songs.

Microsoft on Wednesday released a minor update to its Zune software aimed at fixing several issues, including one that was causing some users to hear skipping when playing back purchased songs.

"We were aware a limited number of users were experiencing that issue, and we were able to address it," said Zune spokeswoman Katy Asher.

The software maker had originally hoped to have the update by midmonth, but the patch took slightly longer than it had hoped to develop and test.

In addition to addressing the song-skipping issue, the Zune 1.3 software update aims to offer quicker syncing and improve a situation where the Zune's battery could drain more quickly after using the FM tuner.

Microsoft also noted that the Zune held its No. 2 spot in NPD's February retail sales figures, though its share of the hard drive-based music player market dipped to 8.8 percent from 9.9 percent a month earlier.

"We're still happy with where we're at," Asher said, noting the company's strategy is a long-term one not focused on month-to-month fluctuations.

Microsoft released a Zune update in December, making the device and its desktop software compatible with Windows Vista.