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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Zune Pays to Share? Yes.

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/confirmed-microsoft-to-reward-zune-song-sharing-214800.php

"When we last left off, the consensus was that Microsoft was still planning on rewarding song sharing with the Zune. Now we've got pretty much confirmation - unofficial, that is - that Microsoft is planning this feature. At a conference in Seattle this past Saturday, both J Allard and Christina Calio, both from the Zune team, talked about implementing such a system. The Zune team plans to reward people with Microsoft Marketplace Points, the same points you use on both Zune Marketplace and Xbox 360 Marketplace."


Courtesy of Artghost.com

So after all of last month's suggestions, it looks like you may get paid to share after all - paid in Microsoft Points, that is - although, I don't think it'll be as simple as it sounds. For example, Microsoft will have to put in some safeguards to prevent unauthorized sharing (i.e., spamming one's own secondary device). And how will offline users benefit from Points? So many questions, so few answers.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How to Request a Refund for Unused MSN Music Credit

Posted by Darius Wey in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 09:00 AM

http://music.msn.com/help/music/changes

The remaining FAQs concerning the retirement of MSN Music have just been updated - namely, the steps to take to have unused MSN Music credit refunded to you. Read on for the details.



"I have a promotional pin or song certificate for MSN Music, how can I redeem my certificate?

You may request a refund for the value of your promotional pin or song certificate. To do so, first activate you pin or certificate by following these steps:

1. Go to http://music.msn.com/redeemgift
2. Login using your existing MSN Music account or select the Create Account option
3. Enter the PIN on the certificate

This will add the available tracks on your pin or certificate to your promotional account balance. Then request a refund for your promotional account balance by selecting the request refund link from the following page http://music.msn.com/user.

I have an unused promotional account balance with MSN Music, what should I do?

You can request a refund of your unused promotional account balance by selecting the request refund link from the following page http://music.msn.com/user. You will need to login in to your MSN Music account to access this page and request your refund."


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ballmer: The Zune Isn't Losing Money

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 08:51 AM

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2006/tc20061011_940241.htm

"...our ability to embrace and benefit from or compete with new business models - and I would say ad-funded and open source, more than this hardware thing - is more the way to categorize the key competitive dynamic for us. [Does Zune fit into the hardware piece of this?] Sure it does. Because the value of Zune, if we're successful, is all in the software. It's in community [the ability to share music and pictures with other Zune users]. I want to squirt you a picture of my kids. You want to squirt me back a video of your vacation. That's a software experience. The truth is, though, if it makes money, it will be built into the gross margin on the hardware. We'll figure out how to make money on the community perhaps later though advertising or other means."

Steve Ballmer took time out recently to talk to BusinessWeek about the Zune, Xbox, and Windows Vista - where they're at now, and where they're heading. One of the major points to come out of the interview was the claim that the Zune, unlike the Xbox 360, would not be losing money through the sale of hardware alone. That's good news for Microsoft's accountants, but comes across as an awful lot less risk-taking by the company, though that's not necessarily a bad thing either. There's a time and place for gambling, and you certainly have to pick the right moment before taking the plunge and relying on the sale of accessories and media to cover any monetary losses in the sale of hardware - especially at this current stage, when the Zune brand is a mere blip on the radar, and demand is well short of that of the iPod.


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