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Plays? For Sure? No, Really?

Users who bought music from Microsoft's MSN Music Store (no one I know, but still) will not be able to play it on the newly-announced Zune portable player. (Oh, did I mention Zune is made by Microsoft too?)

Let's see how many different classes of people they've alienated this time:

  1. There are the users who bought players from their hardware partners. If they want to "upgrade" to a Zune, they'll have to re-buy their music.
  2. Their hardware partners, because this is going to affect their sales, no doubt.
  3. Their music suppliers, because they're discontinuing the MSN Store.
  4. And this is in addition to all of us Mac OS X and Linux users for whom Microsoft doesn't even have a media player (not that we care, but still.)

From playsforsure.com:

Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you're shopping for a music or video device and you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time.

Heh. I'd just buy an iPod, then. :)

And the irony to top it all is that this initiative was called 'Plays for Sure'. Yeah, right.