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TV downloads the new competitive terrain for Microsoft’s Zune, Apple’s iPod

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. will compete more directly with Apple Inc.’s dominant iTunes store by selling TV shows at its own online store for use on its Zune music and video player, the company said. Microsoft’s initial offering of more than 800 TV episodes for sale at Zune Marketplace will include popular shows currently unavailable at iTunes, such as NBC Universal’s “The Office,” “Heroes” and “30 Rock.” NBC Universal’s shows can’t be purchased at iTunes because of a rift with Apple over pricing. For the full story visit http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-zune6-2008may06,0,1188675.story

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