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— Zune to Add Games By Next Year: Microsoft will introduce video games for its Zune music player within 18 months…Peter Moore, a VP in the company’s Xbox business said the Zune’s large screen will offer a better way to play handheld games. He didn’t specify what games would be offered.
— Clear Channel, Microsoft form HD radio partnership: Clear Channel and Microsoft will build a nationwide data delivery service using HD radio technology. The initiative will be branded MSN Direct HD and it will be an extension of Microsoft’s existing MSN Direct service, which already transmits traffic, weather, movie times, sports and stock information.
— AOL and Haier’s Unexpected Wi-Fi MP3 Player: AOL and Chinese manufacturer Haier showed a Wi-Fi-packing, hard-drive-based music and video player with a touch-pad interface…Owners will be able to stream free Internet radio stations or download music from an online service through Wi-Fi…While they’re listening to music, owners will get suggestions for additional songs, albums and similar artists powered by AOL service.
— SanDisk Launches PC to TV Gizmo: It introduced a new industry-wide initiative called USBTV…the concept: Unplug the compact USBTV-equipped flash memory player from its case and plug it into your system via your computer’s USB port and simply drag and drop multimedia files into the device… When you’re done moving the files, unplug the device and plug it into the adapter cradle that’s attached to your television either through the composite video port and audio ports. Then use the remote that’s built into the case to scroll through the onscreen guide.