Blog Post

Microsoft Reveals Details of Its Handheld Video Player; Signs on Napster, EMI

The first handheld gadgets to play music and movies on Microsoft “iPod killer” software will be available in Europe in the second half of 2004…The gadgets will run on Microsoft’s yet-to-be-unveiled Portable Media Center software in a direct assault on Apple’s iPod. Some more technical details here.

Microsoft said the devices will be available in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Denmark first, retailing for between 550 euros and 599 euros ($678.50-$738.90) and 399 pounds and 449 pounds ($724-$814.70).

Meanwhile, Microsoft is busy assembling media partners to provide content including movies, music videos and news. It has signed up music label EMI and digital music outfit Napster.

Also read: “Microsoft takes on Apple