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Microsoft Zune Price Cuts and Software Update

Microsoft has cut prices on its flash-based Zune players and accessories for the US and Canada -- the Zune 4GB is now $99 (was $129), Zune 8GB is $139 (was $149), and Zune 16GB is $179 (was $199).

The Zune 3.1 software update also is available. This is an incremental update, improving overall stability and performance in the Zune PC software and device firmware.

It's sweetened with three new games, Checkers, Sudoku, and Space Battle, plus a new multiplayer mode and single player difficulty levels for Texas Hold’em.

The PC software has a refresh to Zune Social, so it's easier to navigate, and adds a new “like minded listeners” feature so you can see how compatible your music tastes are with other listeners.

Just connect your Zune to your PC, and the Zune Software will guide you though the process of downloading and installing the upgrade.

See the ZuneInsider blog for further news updates.

See my Portable Media Players Gallery for more on the Zune players and software, and the development of related products.

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