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Two mild surprises in today's Zune announcement
« on: September 14, 2006, 09:00:11 AM »

From the Zunerama front page:
 
Microsoft's debut announcement for Zune confirmed some of the speculated features of its iPod-killer portable media player... but it contained some mild surprises as well:

Choice of downloads or subscriptions. This had been speculated, but nice to see it confirmed by Microsoft. We think many will be attracted to the simple subscription model.

Imports from iTunes. We need more details on this, but Microsoft pledges to make it easy to transfer your existing playlist to Zune - with the important caveat "as permitted by the online service from which it was purchased". We were surprised to see it highlighted in the Zune fact sheets, and are interested in how it can be pulled off without better cooperation from other online music stores.

More updates are coming on the Zunerama front page blog.
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Re: Two mild surprises in today's Zune announcement
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2006, 09:07:45 AM »

i wonder which would be more "legal"... (1) for zune software to convert AAC songs to WMAs, or (2) for the zune to be able to play AACs as they are.  Wink
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Re: Two mild surprises in today's Zune announcement
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006, 01:21:30 PM »

From what we learned today, Zune will not be able to unprotect AAC songs from iTunes. It can play unprotected AAC songs as it has the audio codec for it.

But there's nothing Microsoft can do about protected AACs... unless Apple releases their protection (which is about as likely as Apple hiring Bill Gates).

So I don't see a smooth transition path for existing iTunes users to move them to Zune.   ??
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