Microsoft today announced the retail availability of new accessories for its digital media player, Zune. The new first- and third-party accessories will usher in the next generation of Zune digital media players, which will be on shelves Nov. 13.
Zune also announced an expanded third-party accessory partners program, teaming up with leading manufacturers to offer a wide selection of products created exclusively for Zune. Microsoft is collaborating directly with 23 accessory partners to ensure customers have a number of accessory options, complementing and enhancing their Zune experience.
Licensed Zune accessory partners are Agent 18, Altec Lansing, Belkin, Case-mate, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), Directed Electronics Inc. (Polk Audio), Dual Electronics Corp., GPX, Griffin, Golla, iHome, Incipio Technologies, Integrated Mobile Electronics, Kicker, mStation Corp., Memorex Electronics, Monster Cable Products, Skinit, Speck, Targus Group International, VAF Research, Vaja, and zLive (DPI, Inc.).
With these new partners, the Zune accessory family now includes more than 60 new products. The accessories will be available for purchase at a variety of online retailers and major retail store locations beginning this week. New Zune accessories include the following:
? Speaker docks from Altec Lansing, iHome and Kicker ? Cases from Belkin, Case-mate, DLO, Incipio and Speck ? Cables, FM transmitters and car kits from Belkin, DLO, Monster and Kicker
Microsoft Accessories for Zune
In addition to the robust selection of accessories from partners, Microsoft will offer a new line of first-party accessories to help consumers get the most from their Zune content wherever they are ? at home, in the car or on the go. To make it easy and affordable for existing Zune customers, many original Zune accessories will work on new Zune devices, and many new accessories will also work with the Zune 30GB device. The following eight new Zune accessories from Microsoft are available this fall:
? Zune Home A/V Pack. Power your home stereo with your Zune. Pack includes Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device, a wireless remote, an AC adapter and composite audio-video output cable. (ERP $99.99)
? Zune Dock Pack. Give your Zune a convenient home when it is connected to your computer or charging. Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device and AC adapter. (ERP $49.99)
? Zune Car Pack. Take your music with you on the road. Redesigned FM transmitter/charger and dashboard grip pad. (ERP $79.99)
? Zune Cable Pack. Get connected to your computer, your stereo or your TV. Sync cable, composite AV output cable and audio cable. (ERP $39.99)
? Zune Premium Headphones. Take your listening experience up a notch with these high-quality headphones. Included with the Zune 80GB device. (ERP $39.99)
? Zune Leather Case. Dress for success and protect your Zune in the process. (ERP $39.99 and $49.99)