Microsoft Zune enters wifi sharing

In an effort to compete against rival, Apple iPod, Microsoft is launching two new Zune players with updated flash, larger hard-disks, new designs and weight.

The new Zune models will arrive in 4 gig, 8 gig, and 80 gig configurations. All models will come with a feature that allows a user to automatically sync media via a WiFi network from a PC to the Zune when its battery is charging.

Microsoft Zune sold more than 1 million players since its initial launch in December, but the player is still struggling behind the iPod.

Apple sold 9.8 million iPods last quarter alone, which was a 21 percent boost of market share. Since October 2001, Apple sold over 100 million music players.

Last month, Apple unveiled new models, including the iPod touch with touch-pad abilities.

To make room for newer product line, Microsoft cut the price of Zune by $50.

Zune players are available in five colors, stores up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures, or 100 hours of video. Share full-length tracks, albums, playlists and pictures with wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing.