Great article on the Microsoft Zune “iPod-killer-wannabe”:

http://www.suntimes.com/technology/ihnatko/147048,CST-FIN-Andy23.article

Seems like they’ve made it to keep the music industry happy – it’s chock full of Digital Restrictions Management technology, much like Vista is.

Memorable quotes from the above:

Throw in the Zune’s tail-wagging relationship with music publishers, and it almost becomes important that you encourage people not to buy one. … Microsoft’s colossal blunder was to knock the user out of that question [“What are the things that users want and Apple refuses to provide?”] and put the music industry in its place.

Result: The Zune will be dead and gone within six months. Good riddance.

I have an entry in my PDA for six months time: “Is the Zune still around or have the people spoken with their wallets?”

I’m frankly amazed that MS can take people’s creative passion, money, and time, creating products that are so anti-user, and still expect to have a market.

Our task, as free software developers, must be to educate users that there are alternatives that are built around their freedom.

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