SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. slashed $50 from the price of its Zune digital media player Wednesday, the same day Apple Inc. was expected to unveil additions to its market-leading iPod line.

The 30-gigabyte Zune now costs $199, the Redmond, Wash.-based software maker said on its Zune Insider blog.

Its part of the normal product life cycle, something weve had on the books for months, wrote Cesar Menendez, a Microsoft employee and Zune Insider blogger.

Now they just have to announce that the Zune will be available in other countrys if they want a good user base.