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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]

Mike Torres's picture

Include me in the camp...

Include me in the camp of disappointed readers that the points you're arguing are invalid, Merlin. It's very much not an exclusive deal and EMI is the "innovator" here, not Apple. Of course I do agree that it's exciting for iPod and Zune owners alike - I work for MSFT and have had an iPod since 1st gen.

(BTW using Firefox on Mac, the font size in this text entry box is so minuscule I can barely see it)




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