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Friday, January 19, 2007

Passing It On: Zune Content Providers Grow

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 10:15 PM

http://www.zune.net/en-us/social/passiton.htm

"You're a Zune owner and an electronic music lover? SectionZ may be for you! Download music directly to you Zune with the "download to Zune" button available on the site. SectionZ is a comprehensive portal for electronic musicians and an ever-evolving online community. SectionZ provides a supportive online forum in which electronica artists can hone their talents through ongoing feedback from peers, enabling them to achieve their musical aspirations. SectionZ Music takes the cream of the crop and provides marketing services to publish the talent."



It's great seeing so many content providers open their doors to the Zune community. While it's not uncommon to see content made available for generic media players, the extra element of brand recognition that we're seeing here is what will make Zune more visible to the average Joe and undoubtedly help it grow in the months and years to come. Check out SectionZ and a few others, and pass it on.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Are You A Sucker for Zune Pass?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 07:45 AM

http://www.terrygold.com/t/2006/12/thank_you_apple.html

"Last month the Zune was released, and now the way I listen to music has changed radically again. Music makes me really happy, and I’m listening to more of it and I’m discovering new types of music too. I do like the Zune better than the iPod, but that’s not the point of this post or really the reason that I’m listening to new music. Every Zune comes with a free 14 day free trial of Zune’s subscription music service - that's what changed everything. I may never buy another CD. I’ll warn you, if you try it you may get hooked just like I did."



Much like Terry Gold, I love music and I love discovering new artists, so I wasn't the least bit surprised to find that I was able to relate to his love for Zune Pass - an all-you-can-eat music service (similar to URGE et al.) that the iPod/iTunes ecosystem lacks. For the cost to own roughly one album per month, you gain access to many, and that's a hard deal to beat. As "rented" music (good for as long as the subscription is active), the DRM isn't overly restrictive; while tunes cannot be burned, or synced to more than two devices, they can be played back on three computers and even the Xbox 360 (either via the Zune software or the Zune player). That's a reasonable amount of playback rights for most people. This new door to music is one edge that the Zune has over the iPod, and is even the reason that some people have chosen a Zune over an iPod this Christmas. Are you in that boat?


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