Microsoft's Head of Digital Media, Erik Huggers, announced yesterday his company's intention to directly compete with the iPod. "Come this fall there is going to be a number of devices that get close to competing with Apple's iPod...there is going to be a whole lineup of products that can compete with Apple in industrial design, usability, functionality and features."
Of course, this won't be easy for Microsoft. Apple has one distinct advantage in this particular race: They produce both the hardware and the software. More after the jump.