Earlier today, we were joking about the complexity of Microsoft's new "philosophy" when compared to Google's simple "Don't be evil." We joked about how Microsoft is well known for design-by-committee effort that result in products that have been over-thought, over-designed and over-marketed. As we noted, this made it easy for Microsoft to parody itself when thinking about how it might design the iPod. Of course, it looks like it might not be so much of a parody after all. A not very well kept secret has been that Microsoft was working on an "iPod killer" product -- which they finally admitted to today. However, in typical Microsoft fashion, the description of the offering sounds like it, too, was done by committee: "a family of hardware and software products" that will "bring together technology and community to allow consumers to explore and discover music together." No one is looking for "a family of products." They want to know what about this product will make their lives better.
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