Microsofts Zune Set to Make First Appearance

The company's iPod competitor will allow "friends" to stream content between the portable media devices. (BetaNews)

Microsofts highly-anticipated "Zune" portable media device is set to make its first official appearance at an invite-only press event Sept. 14.

The unveiling will follow the introduction of a completely revamped iPod lineup by Apple just two days earlier.

Although Microsoft itself has remained tight-lipped regarding the iPod competitor, little is not already known about Zune, which is being manufactured by Toshiba.

The device will feature a 30GB hard drive, three-inch TFT LCD, an FM tuner, wireless 802.11 b/g, and USB 2.0 support.

Zune will connect up with a new music service specially designed for the player.

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Zune will additionally feature social networking capabilities, with a focus on sharing music and music-related content.

Users will be able to link up with "friends" and stream music and playlist data between devices.

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