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Microsoft to boldly go where Apple is already going...eventually

Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs

Exciting news on the digital music front. Microsoft plans to follow Apple's plan to sell DRM-free tracks from EMI to its extant army of Zune enthusiasts. Welcome to the social:

"The EMI announcement on Monday was not exclusive to Apple," said Katy Asher, a Microsoft spokeswoman on the Zune team, in an e-mail to the IDG News Service today. She said Microsoft has been talking with EMI and other record labels "for some time now" about offering unprotected music on its Zune players in an effort to meet the needs of its customers.

Way to innovate, Redmond. Once the period of EMI's exclusive deal with Apple has ended, this should make both Zune owners very happy.

[via: Boing Boing: Microsoft dropping DRM from Zune Music Store]

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You know, I used to...

You know, I used to be a big fan of this site. It had a lot of compelling content and great tips. But no longer. As a Zune owner, I find Merlin's comments both offensive and snide.

For those of you thinking MS is just playing catchup, I think there is no possible way that MS could have pulled off a detailed agreement and contract with EMI and the others so soon after Apple's announcement. It was probably all a matter of timing. Instead, rather than celebrating the fact that DRM is rapidly disappearing from the marketplace as a whole, there are snide and rude comments about alternative platforms. It's really sad, uncalled for, and extremely unprofessional.




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