updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri September 15, 2006
MS, protected content
Microsoft has vested interest in promoting online music and video stores that rely upon the company's standard, but may be opting out of protected Windows Media for its new Zune player. The latest word from the tech giant suggests that the device can import unprotected Windows Media and video, mentioning nothing of the protected format adopted by many of Microsoft's partners. A lack of support for stores such as Napster and URGE could signal a closer adoption of an Apple-like proprietary ecosystem with the Zune player and Marketplace, or a preference for protection-free stores such as eMusic, according to Electronista. Microsoft has yet to formally announce the format it will use for its online store.