This had been rumored for quite some time, but as the EFF is noting, it's fairly stunning that Microsoft's super hyped up portable entertainment device, Zune, isn't even compatible with protected Windows Media files that use Microsoft's own "PlaysForSure" copy protection. Yes, that's right. All of the content that people bought on services like Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo, Movielink or Cinemanow that they figured would continue to be supported by everyone outside of Apple... just discovered that Microsoft has cut them off. Yes, it's true that PlaysForSure is now hacked so that people can convert those files, but that's a pain. Just as amazing is that most of the press seems to be skipping over this "little" detail -- though, perhaps that's just an indication of how few people were actually customers of these services that offered PlaysForSure content. Either way, this seems like even more of a reason that Microsoft would be better off not trying to patch the technology -- as leaving it open only will make their own devices more valuable. Also, it's worth noting that nothing seems to have come of the rumor that Microsoft was also planning to pay for you to repurchase all your iTunes songs, either. Update: Apparently, some are also realizing that since Zune adds its own DRM to things, it's probably violating Creative Commons licenses.
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