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MS to pre-load Zune with music, video

updated 11:50 am EDT, Wed August 16, 2006

MS to pre-load Zune

Microsoft's new Zune media player will ship pre-loaded with both music and video content to lure consumers away from Apple's iPod. Microsoft will derive content from groups such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Cansei de Ser Sexy, and Hot Chip. In many cases, audio and video will both be available for a given artist, according to Electronista. The software giant's move also indicates that its software will allow users to transfer music from the player to the computer, a feature music labels have historically refused to support on the grounds that it would encourage piracy. Past rumors suggested that Apple would pre-load special editions of its iPods with songs and video, but those claims have thus far proven false.




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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh boy!

    just what i need. MS tellin me what kind of music is preloaded into their player!

    Thanks MS, without you, i would be a mindless sheeple!! (HAHAHAHAHA!!!)

    serious, i've never heard of those artists. How much do you think they are paying or being paid to have their stuff preloaded?

    "he software giant's move also indicates that its software will allow users to transfer music from the player to the computer, a feature music labels have historically refused to support on the grounds that it would encourage piracy."

    so its ok for MS to do that, but not Apple?? i see....

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't see

    how "pre-loaded" music will lure iPod users, unless it just happens to be pre-loaded with the same songs that a particular user already owns. Otherwise, this is equivalent to Apple's "Free Single of the Week," where lesser known artists have an incentive to give away one (or a few) songs to be heard by a larger audience.

  1. lurkerdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I want pre-loaded on mine

    "Developers, developers, developers, developers!"

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