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Microsoft Zune Patent Taking us Backwards?

According to Last100, Microsoft’s new Zune patent appears to cover paying Zune users for sharing pirated music? How can this be? Apparently, Zune wraps its own DRM around any music it shares. With pirated downloads accounting for more than iTunes, Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy combined, Microsoft is licking its lips at the potential to monetize this untapped market with this patent. Wile the Zune does have at least one redeeming feature, if they can just convince a second person to by a Zune, they may actually have something.

Brett Trout

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