Ajit Monteiro

Zune

Posted in Microsoft, Random Thoughts by amonteiro on October 27, 2006

For the off chance you’ve been living under a rock for the last month and you haven’t heard of Microsoft’s soon to be released iPod competitor, heres the quick synopsis.

I found an interesting video today of Scoble interviewing the project manager of Zune. Its worth noting the way he handled references to their main competitor, the iPod, in a very respectful way.

In other news, over the last week I finally got my living room system under control with Wndows Media Center fully controllable through my main remote (I’ll post some pictures soon). This has got me really excited about Microsofts future products and their plans to integrate them for a better “connected entertainment” experience. There is no denying that the iPod will be the best portable music player and the Xbox 360 will continue to have very tough competetion in the video gaming market; but Microsoft is poised to be the only company that has a real chance of creating a fully integrated system.

One thing that I believe that the iPod got right, that I fear Microsoft will stumble on, is that the iPod’s DRM is just good enough to keep the recording industry happy, but just weak enough for people to get around. Unfortunately Microsofts huge emphasis on their own DRM might be the Zunes downfall.

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  1. jp said, on October 27, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    For every action there is an equal reaction. For every security measure implemented, there is a way to get around it.
    “If you build it they will buy it, but someone else will crack it.” Ipod still rocks!

  2. ajitmonteiro said, on October 28, 2006 at 12:06 am

    “We ain’t here to cause no trouble. We’re just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.”


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