Microsoft Japan has denied reports that it plans to launch portable digital music players in Japan.

Microsoft Japan has denied reports that it plans to launch portable digital music players in Japan.

"The news that we are going to launch a portable digital music player in Japan with eight companies is wrong," says a Microsoft Japan spokesperson.

"The truth is that the eight companies -- five device partners and three content providers -- will have new products and services based on Windows Media/Digital Rights Management technology (such as Windows Media Player 11)," the spokesperson adds.