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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:37 am | Updated: 3:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.’s answer to Apple’s iPod will be built by Toshiba Corp., the software company confirmed Friday. The gadget, which will be one of the products marketed under Microsoft’s ‘‘Zune’’ brand, will let people share songs, photos, music playlists and other content with others via a wireless connection.

One feature will allow a person to act as a DJ, sending music to up to four other devices.

Toshiba’s role was disclosed Thursday when the electronics company filed papers with the Federal Communications Commission. Kyrsa Dixon, a spokeswoman for one of Microsoft’s public relations firms, confirmed Friday that Toshiba will make the device.

Photos included in the filing show a white rectangular device with a large screen and several buttons. The minimalist feel closely resembles Apple Computer Inc.’s wildly popular iPod.

Dixon said the report is legitimate. She declined to comment further.

A Toshiba spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment. Microsoft said in July that it planned to launch a series of music and entertainment products that are expected to compete with Apple’s iPod player and iTunes music service, with the first expected to be available this year.

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