Microsoft's Dangerous About-Face

Peter Burrows

The talk of the day is that Microsoft's upcoming Zune music player and a related music service will be proprietary, just like Apple's iPod-iTunes combo. That's the word from a slew of sources I've spoken with yesterday and today. In other words, DRM-protected songs purchased from Microsoft's new music service won't play on devices other than the Zune, and the Zune won't play songs from other services.

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