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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears, / I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here:
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
September 14, 2006
Zune

Microsoft is finally announcing the long anticipated Zune media player

Zune marks the latest in a long line of iPod killers. I’m reminded of a funny story for a year ago or so on Wired about how popular iPods were on Microsoft’s campus, and the brass’ attempts to squelch it.

On the good side of things, I wrote this a long time ago and Microsoft seems to have finally figured out one thing:

some better news on the codec front: the Zune supports h.264, MP3, AAC and WMA

That thing is simple: if you can’t play my iTunes library, I’m not buying you.

Zune still won’t be able to play tunes purchased at the ITunes Music Store but that’s a different story and would require a licencing deal with Apple.

Oh? That next toy I talked about? A new generation two iPod Shuffle. Why? Because it’s small, perfect for exercise, and includes a built in belt clip all for the low low price of only $89. Mostly, though, because it’s compatible with all my music.

Sorry, Sony, but I want my AAC.

Posted by skooter at 11:13 AM This entry is filed under Technology.
This entry is tagged: Apple, Microsoft, Music

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