Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod is getting negative feedback lately. It turned out some months ago that shared songs, e.g. songs that you transfer to the Zune device of another user, are only available for 3 days or 3 plays before they can't be accessed anymore. It doesn't even matter if the song uses DRM or not;all songs, even your own produced ones, are limited by this.
This was apparently not enough for the usual suspects. Sony, we do love Sony - don't we, and Universal decided to prohibit even this type of sharing for more than 40% of the songs that one could buy on the Zune marketplace. The first question that comes to my mind is why Microsoft is paying Universal roughly $1 for every Zune sold if Universal does not even allow that some of their songs are shared with all the limitations that the Zune player uses to limit them on the device.
This is probably blown out of proportion by the blogging scene at the moment but I think Microsoft should at least have the courtesy to label songs that can't be shared. Zune owners should be made aware of the fact in the shop so that they know if the song they are about to buy can be shared or not.
Record Companies again show that they do not understand the market at all. The sharing feature offers a great way to make other Zune owners aware of songs they may like. If they cannot share songs at all, it is likely that they may not get exposed to it in first place. What this means then? That it is likely that the song won't be purchased.
You know why I bought some CD`s for the first time in years? Because I was able to listen to the whole tune online (ripped it) and offline before I decided to make the purchase. I personally think that they lose money because of the restrictions that they impose on their customers.
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