Culver City (CA) - Microsoft's Zune media player is now joining the pre-order madness started by the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3. EB Games has started selling reservations for the upcoming player that will ship on November 14, 2006 for $250. You can view the pre-order page here.
The 30GB Zune player will ship in three colors: white, black and brown. Movies and pictures should look decent on the 3" screen that can be used in either portrait or landscape mode. Unlike the Apple iPod the Zune will have an integrated FM tuner and can show the name of the currently playing song.
People will be able to share songs, recordings and pictures with other Zune users. Songs can be played up to three times in three days before it is disabled. Users then have to purchase the song from the Zune Marketplace. An "unlimited" access pass will be offered for a monthly subscription fee.
EB Games has offered pre-release reservations for both the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 in the past few weeks. Both sold out within minutes of the stores' opening.