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Microsoft’s Zune: Some More Almost-Confirmed Details

Engadget has some more details on Zune (our full coverage here):
— Answers some of my questions below: The service and device will not be PlaysForSure compliant, meaning you will not be able to use your Zune player with Napster or Vongo, for example. This will be an entirely new system. Microsoft will continue to support and develop for their PlaysForSure initiative, but all things PlaysForSure are handled by two entirely separate division that will not have any crossover.
Some almost-confirmed details from Engadget:
— Microsoft will buy your way out of iTunes in order to convert you to a Zune user.
— Pyxis is the codename for their nano competitor which would also include video capabilities
— A Microsoft portable gaming system is in the works, and will be a part of the Zune family. This device should have Xbox Live Anywhere integration. This may or may not be an Xbox co-branded portable, but is probably going to be the portable gaming / media device we’ve been hearing about for years.
— Microsoft’s ad campaign will include a Super Bowl commercial.