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MS may abandon protected content

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.




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  1. SpaceMonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Worst. Headline. Ever.

    Should say: "MS may abandon 'PlaysForSure'"

  1. Maclectic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Worthless article

    There is no evidence for the assertions made in this article. It's just speculative musing, at best. Microsoft's past and consistent behavior suggests favoring unprotected songs is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.

    - Maclectic

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    plays maybe

    they're abandoning the content, not the protection. if you have protected content that's "plays for sure" it won't play on the zune

    zune as its own protection scheme, according to previous articles

    they will need a new slogam. "plays maybe"?

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