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Apple Beats Microsoft to WiFi Music Store

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      7th September 2007, 04:18 PM
You know, here's the kind of thing that REALLY irritates me about Microsoft. They've had Smartphones out for years. They've had a music player ecosystem out for a while too. And they were the first major company to have WiFi built into a music player, with music sharing. So why in the HELL did Apple just beat them to the punch with a WiFi music store? They just released EXACTLY what I envisioned for the Zune by introducing the iTunes WiFi Music Store, and making access free from any Starbucks with a T-Mobile Hostspot.

But Microsoft, all is not lost. You can still come out ahead in this game, and here's how I think you should do it:

* Make buying songs over WiFi as easy as Apple has. You guys have more clout than Apple... make it happen. You did the free T-Mobile thing for Windows Vista, there's no reason why you can't do it with the Zune, and then you'd hit all the airports and other T-Mobile locations that aren't in a Starbucks.

* Bring all the TV Shows and Movies from Xbox Live Marketplace on to Zune Marketplace. If I buy a movie on my 360 I should be able to watch it on my Zune.

* Build a Zune Marketplace add-in for Vista Media Center. I don't want to download shows at the endpoint of my network, I want it on the hub, and that hub is my Media Center PC. I want to be able to stream those movies to any Extender in the house (when you decide to release the V2 Extenders, of course).

* Bring the Zune software to Windows Mobile 5 & 6. There's absolutely no reason you guys can't let me turn my Samsung i730 phone into an EVDO-enabled Zune. No reason. Just get off your butt and do it.

Come on Microsoft. You guys are better than Apple. Quit letting them spank you and use your resources to get it done.
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      7th September 2007, 11:55 PM
Interesting and very well thought out Jason. Good work.
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