PlaysForWhatNow? Microsoft 'ReBrands' Misnamed DRM
from the confused-for-sure dept
Sometimes you wonder if Microsoft is just messing around with people for the hell of it. Remember Microsoft’s fairly useless DRM offering called PlaysForSure? The one that was (like pretty much all DRM systems) easily hacked? The one that was used to convince a bunch of partners to sign up as Microsoft partners? The one that Microsoft itself then ditched itself when launching the Zune, abandoning all of the partners who could only laugh at the irony of Microsoft devices not playing content using Microsoft’s own “PlaysForSure” system? Well, Microsoft has decided that perhaps it was time to change the name of PlaysForSure. Given how inaccurate the name is, perhaps that makes sense — though, not nearly as much sense as just letting the damn thing die. However, even in changing the name it appears Microsoft has bungled the situation. The new name is “Certified for Windows Vista” which (oops) just so happens to be the same classification used for the Zune and its content… yet, as just noted, PlaysForSure content doesn’t work on the Zune. Confusing enough for you? To recap: we’ve got DRM from Microsoft called PlaysForSure that surely doesn’t play on Microsoft’s own Zune player — so Microsoft changes the name to “Certified for Windows Vista” using the same logo as found on the Zune, even though the content still won’t play on the Zune. And the company thinks this isn’t going to confuse and upset even more people?