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The Zune isn't just a solitary music player. Think of it as a portable, wireless, hardware version of MySpace.

Apple pioneered workable, for-pay music and TV show downloading, and is starting to do the same thing with movies. It deserves a lot of credit for that.

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Ultimately, however, the value of iTunes, Marketplace and other music stores will be judged by the quantity, quality and price of available media -- not who got there first. Apple's tiny screen is so high-quality that people are willing to watch full-length movies on it. The Zune's screen is just as good as the iPod's, but larger. It's so large it must be turned sideways for viewing in "landscape mode. The Zune is unlike any product Microsoft has ever shipped. It's actually very nicely designed, surprisingly minimalist and dare I say it?

The user interface is fluid and appealing -- and, again, like MySpace -- customizable.

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Users will be able to personalize the Zune interface with photos, "themes," "skins" and custom colors. So while Apple fans are brimming with confidence that their beloved iPod will continue to vanquish all foes -- including Microsoft's laughable folly -- Apple sees the big picture and is rightly nervous about it. Even if Apple is able to retain its lead, it could still be hurt -- badly -- by the Zune, which will capture mind share, grab market share and squeeze Apple on pricing. The iPod is the soul of Apple's entire business. Apple has been relatively successful at winning converts from Windows to Mac OS X, for example, in part because its whole product line basks in the glow of iPod's success, hipness and ubiquity.

Apple has recently and preemptively lowered the price of iPods, announced an iTV set-top box -- which will ship later than Vista -- and is probably working feverishly on a bigger-screen, wirelessly enabled iPod. All these efforts may not be enough to save the iPod from the Microsoft consumer media juggernaut. Microsoft has the money, the clout, the partnerships, the mind share and the market share to drive Vista, Soapbox, Xbox and Zune into lives of hundreds of millions of consumers.

The iPod rules -- for now. But Microsoft can't be dismissed as just another wannabe. And nobody knows that better than Apple. Mike Elgan is a technology writer and former editor of Windows Magazine. He can be reached at mike. Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. Learn more at his website: elgan. Here are the latest Insider stories. More Insider Sign Out. Sign Out Sign In Register. Latest Insider. Business Tech.

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So why is Apple so scared? I'll tell you why in a minute. First, what is this Zune thing, anyway? Five reasons: 1. Microsoft is hatching a consumer media "perfect storm.

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The Zune is social and viral. Zune may have more programming. In a Twitter tweet that was subsequently removed, a Microsoft source stated , "I'm glad to confirm that Mac users would be able to use Zune on their Macs to sync with [Windows Phone 7]. While Apple's iTunes software has been available for the Windows operating system for years, Microsoft has been more stingy with Zune.

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Of course, it makes sense that Apple would have a much stronger interest in opening its software to the platform that runs more than 90 percent of the desktops out there, while Microsoft could reasonably consider it a waste of time to invest development resources to target the five percent of the desktops running the Mac OS X platform. However, both the Apple iPhone, and the recently unveiled Windows Phone 7 smartphones rely on the respective music and digital content platforms to sync the smartphones with music, photos, and other data.

Microsoft is already late to the mobile party and needs every possible advantage it can find to maximize the potential, and improve the odds of Windows Phone 7 success. Exemplifying the contrast in strategic vision, though, Microsoft seems intent on pursuing a tablet built on the full Windows 7 OS. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even went so far as to promise that such devices will be available before the end of this year.

But, although a tablet is a mobile computing device, the emphasis is on mobile, rather than computing. Trying to take a full Windows 7 desktop experience, and cram it into a touchscreen flat panel demonstrates that Microsoft doesn't yet grasp what the tablet revolution is about. There is a reason that HP appears to be waffling in its devotion to the Windows 7 Slate concept--choosing instead to primarily invest its resources in a tablet based on the WebOS platform it acquired when it purchased Palm. There is a reason that LG abandoned its Windows 7 tablet plans, and is instead focusing on developing a tablet based on the Android mobile OS.