Be prepared for a lawsuit or two over exclusive contracts. It will be interesting to see if Griffin, in particular, will choose to develop for Microsoft because of their loyalty to the iPod. If they make this "Zune" popular, wouldn't it affect iPod sales and reduce their bread and butter market? If Microsoft gets all the same cool peripherals as the iPod ... doesn't it make the iPod less unique? It will also be interesting in Griffin's case to see if they will develop for Microsoft based on the fact they also produce peripherals for the Sony PSP.
As reported by ENgadget:
Microsoft approaches iPod accessory makers for Zune
It was inevitable: we get confirmation that the Zune is for real, and now Microsoft is already tapping into the device accessories market. They don't have to go far to find a slew of companies ready and willing to pop out goodies for their new DAP; it's presumably as simple as calling up the folks who make accessories for that other portable music player. iLounge has it that apparently the Zune will feature a proprietary expansion port not so different in function from the iPod's dock connector, and Microsoft is reportedly offering contracts which would allow partners to officially accessorize at a lower rate than Apple's "Made for iPod" program. It was fairly obvious that Zune's release would spark another Mac vs. PC embroilment, so it's no surprise Microsoft is likely covering their bases and making sure their own accessory lineup is ready.