Before you judge the article by looking at the title read on and you may understand why I suggest that you do not buy one of the Zune players that are offered right now by Microsoft. It has nothing to do with the fact that Microsoft has created them as I do not really care who is creating or manufacturing devices.
It also has nothing to do with the features or hardware that was built into the device, as it is not really that bad either.
The thing that I do not like about Zune is that record labels and artists do get their share of every Zune device that is sold.
That is right folks, it does not matter if you buy music or videos to put on the Zune. They get their share even if you only use it for listening to your own music, your own movies and your own pictures. Why do they get paid for it, what is the reason behind this?
"These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. "So it's time to get paid for it."
Now isn't that nice. EVERYONE is using devices like the Zune to steal music. It has no other reasons according to Doug Morris. Do you think it is fair that all Zune users have to pay extra for this?
Please note that he is speaking about devices, not the Zune directly. This is an indication of what they want to achieve. They want to get their share of the price of every device that is like the Zune, which means that they will try and push the companies who create such devices to pay them fees as well in the future.
Guess who is paying that bill in the long run? Right, we are.
The only way to stop this is to boycott the beginning - which is the Zune. Don't buy it, ignore it until they get a change of heart. I know that this is bad for Microsoft, but to be honest, that is not really my concern right now.
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