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Selfish Microsoft won’t share

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Hear that? That’s the sound of my overwhelming disinterest in reaction to the launch of Microsoft’s Zune in the US.

Like a lot of artists themselves, I believe in music before profit, so I’m not a massive fan of DRM. I’m not advocating the mass distribution of copyrighted material, but to promote the sharing of music over Wi-Fi and then limit it as strictly as Microsoft has with Zune’s ‘3 plays or 3 days’ rule is quite baffling.

The whole idea has clearly received no ‘real world’ testing, as what sounds like a great feature from the outset has been implemented terribly and with little or no actual use to you and me, the punters.

How often have you listened to a track a good 10 times before you decide whether you like it or not? Aren’t the best records always the ones that take four or five full listens to get into? If I’d only had three chances to ‘get’ Kid A I wouldn’t be the Radiohead fan I am now.

So am I bothered that the Zune probably won’t make the trip over the Atlantic until 2008? Have a guess.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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