Price at $250.

The Microsoft Zune music player will hit retail shelves Nov. 14, priced at $250. That price matches the cost of Apple's comparable 30GB iPod. Unlike the iPod, however, the Zune can share music files directly between devices, regardless of whether a WiFi hotspot is present.

The Zune subscription service will run $15 a month, while a la carte tracks can can be purchased for 79 cents each. Additionally, users can apply their Microsoft Points credits in the Xbox Live Marketplace to buy songs. There also will be a series of accessory packs ranging in price from $20 to $100.