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Microsoft Confirms Toshiba As Zune Manufacturer

8/29/2006 02:39:00 PM Eastern

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft confirmed that Toshiba will manufacture the Zune digital media player after Toshiba filed details of the new player with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC filing said that the “Toshiba 1089 PMP” will have a 30GB hard disc drive as reported by TWICE two weeks ago. The unit will also offer an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connection and an FM radio tuner, according to TWICE sister publication, Electronic News.

The filing said the device, referred to by the names “Zune,” and “Pyxis,” will have a 3-inch FTF LCD display and will permit users to wirelessly share photos, songs and entire albums with up to four other device users. It will also have a USB 2.0 connection to synchronize with a PC.

A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed “Toshiba is manufacturing the Zune device” and that the “FCC report is legitimate.” She noted, however, that “Microsoft cannot provide any additional information about contents of the report. More details about Zune will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Toshiba was unavailable for comment.

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