Americans can now get their hands on Microsoft's new Zune media players.



For the first time, consumers also will have the option to customize their Zune player with laser-engraved designs and personal text through a new Web store called Zune Originals.

Customers will be able to purchase a Zune player directly from Microsoft at and choose from a collection of laser-engraved artwork designed exclusively for Zune by 18 international artists.

As well as the Artist Series, a separate Tattoo Series will feature 20 graphics that consumers can have laser-engraved on their Zune with up to three lines of text.

"We’re bringing the entire category to the next level by empowering consumers to play a role in redefining the digital music experience", said J Allard, corporate vice president for Zune.

"Zune brings music discovery and acquisition into one simple, end-to-end solution, and the addition of unique customization options puts the originality back into portable entertainment."