TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2008 – Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s music and entertainment player, again revolutionizes how customers discover and connect to the music they love, where and how they want it. Available starting today, Zune Canada is pleased to announce a suite of news for Canadian music lovers.

  • Now available in stores are new Zune players and pricing
    • Zune 120GB: available in a sleek all-black colour scheme (SRP $249.99 CDN)
    • Zune 80GB (1): available in black & red (SRP $229.99 CDN)
    • Zune 16GB: available in a sleek all-black colour scheme (SRP $199.99 CDN)
    • Zune 8GB: now available in new blue along with black, pink & red (SRP $149.99 CDN)
    • Zune 4GB: available in black, pink & red (SRP $129.99 CDN)

  • Free updates available at www.zune.ca for both new and existing Zune owners
    • The Zune 3.0 software update. Anyone can download the Zune player to their PC for free; the clean, intuitive interface features an improved Now Playing view and even more powerful search functionality, making it easier to manage all your digital music.
    • Tag from FM radio. Never again forget the name of the song you just heard; instantly tag songs you hear on FM radio stations directly from your Zune device.
    • Games on the go. Two free games – Hexic and Texas Hold Em – will keep users entertained while on the go.
    • Audiobooks. To start listening to a favourite book on a Zune, users can visit Audible.com or sites powered by Overdrive to download and sync available audiobooks.

  • Fresh new Zune Originals at www.zuneoriginals.ca
    • Online exclusive colours. In addition to the recently announced 120GB, 16GB and 8GB blue available at Canadian retailers,Zune Originals, the online store designed to let consumers customize their Zune player with laser-engraved art and personal text, now also offers the Zune 16GB in blue, red, pink and green as an online exclusive.
    • New artwork. Zune Originals is refreshing its collection of custom artwork with 14 eye-catching new designs from artists like Rolito, MWM (Matt W. Moore), Ippei Gyoubu, and Aya Kato, giving consumers more options to personalize their Zune experience.

More Zune information and related images is available at www.zunenews.ca.

About Zune

Zune is Microsoft’s music and entertainment brand that provides an integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, elegant software and the Zune Social online music community, created to help people discover music. Zune is part of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division and supports the company’s software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. More information can be found online at www.zunenews.ca.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Visit Microsoft Canada’s web site at www.microsoft.ca/.

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