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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.

Comments

  1. looks like MS is just trying to use the same business philosophy of Apple. Make users a slave to your technology and service.Own a market share by giving consumers only wee-bitty-little choices.And oh when they everybody’s bought your XYZ product,come out with a XYZ +123 techology in blue red,green colors. If you read the article,it says Zune is not a product under the play-for-sure.So after nov 14,MSN music will sell music only for Zune ,which will work on only the Zune.But older music files will continue to run on older-compatible-devices. Thats sounds like the same strategy Apple is using! does music downloaded from iTunes work on a Creative Muvo player? Neither an Ipod ,nor a Zune…go for Independent mp3 player,thats my Mantra!

    Supriya — November 7, 2006

  2. looks like MS is just trying to use the same business philosophy of Apple.

    Well, nothing new in Microsoft copying Apple … :)

    Own a market share by giving consumers only wee-bitty-little choices.

    At least there’s multiple iPods, the Shuffle when you’re jogging, and the Nano if you don’t want video. The Zune is just the one brown brick.

    And oh when they everybody’s bought your XYZ product,come out with a XYZ +123 techology in blue red,green colors.

    Coming out with new technology is innovation, so I think that’s good. The point is, the music you purchased still works on your blue, red or green iPod. Whether to purchase a new one or not is entirely up to your wallet.

    But older music files will continue to run on older-compatible-devices. Thats sounds like the same strategy Apple is using! does music downloaded from iTunes work on a Creative Muvo player?

    The key point here is that all three, Zune, the MSN Music Store, and the PlaysForSure initiative are Microsoft offerings. Also, Creative is a Microsoft partner; Apple made no such commitment to them.

    Manas — November 7, 2006

  3. Technology needs to start somewhere. Does ipod play any and every mp3? Does it play mp3′s that someone owned before iTunes came out? I guess not.then its the same thing,as of nov 14 Microsoft makes that start. This is inevitable..in the name of digital rights management,the need to provides specific services to specific hardware is REQUIRED ! that Apple owned both the services and the product when it came out with the ipod+i tunes is just another business story…. all MS is trying to do is split the market,I do agree that they just chose an ugly path! Apple is a better businessman,MS is not…but the technology is the same.

    Supriya — November 7, 2006

  4. Does ipod play any and every mp3? Does it play mp3’s that someone owned before iTunes came out? I guess not.

    Yes, it does. The only problem in question is DRMed media. Free media plays on anything and everything.

    in the name of digital rights management,the need to provides specific services to specific hardware is REQUIRED!

    Nobody’s disputing that — it’s just that Microsoft is forcing its own customers to re-purchase music because of its stupid incompatibilities.

    Manas — November 9, 2006

  5. The same split as the Blue Ray and HD DVD is going to create. Well, tying people too much with these specific things will make people move towards opensource. I have never bought music from net though so I do not have much idea about these jhanjhats either. I already get fed up when I have to download five different kind of codecs to play the audio and video files.

    Anurag Mishra — November 30, 2006

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