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Interesting opinion piece on the Zune Subscription model.  Some of the points make sense, but ultimately they fail to mention that the subscription model isn't the ONLY option for Zuners.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it frustrating that if I want to burn a track I downloaded from the Zune store, I have to pay *again* for burn rights. I say again because I already paid once for my subscription. I realize Zune isn't the only device/service to use this model, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4:49 PM | Back to top


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At least you guys have the Zune...it still hasn't come to CAnada yet (what's up with that?)

Mind you...even if it did, I'm thouroughly entrenched with my iPod.
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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on May 02, 2007 5:42 PM

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Don't get me wrong, I think IP owners have every right in the world to protect their investment and as much as it sucks, to err on the side of caution. But that doesn't change the fact that every frigging IP protection model out now is so fundamentally broken that it's hard to imagine that we either have to have it, or old school Kazaa/Napster style free for all.

The whole model for Zune pissed me off so much that even though I work for a wonderful company that pays for my subscription, I don't use it anymore. I just buy my stuff outright. At under $1.00 a pop I can get what I want most of the time without getting the sucky stuff I don't want.

But still, I have so much crap from Urge, MusicMatch and Napster that I've had to burn to CD and reimport - and the same will go for the next device I buy with regard to my Zune stuff that it's just frigging annoying
Left by Bill on May 02, 2007 9:53 PM

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You're not paying again for burn rights. It's purchase vs rent. You can't just decide to keep that movie from Blockbuster because you already paid for it once. You rented it. They will make you pay for it. $15 / month can't get you every song you ever wanted forever.

It could be worse. Look at Xbox Live where you pay an annual fee to play games and you pay for every little download. Who wants to pay for wallpaper? If the market would bear it, you would probably be paying $5 a month just to connect to the Zune Marketplace and have to buy songs.

The real test of the subscription model will be when the Zune marketplace adds video. If those media items are also available on subscription I think they have a winner. Because unlike music you tend to watch most stuff only once.
Left by Scott Kuhl on May 03, 2007 10:00 AM

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I thought that $14 a month was too good to be true for unlimited downloads. I can only listen to the tunage when at my computer, not in my car, not on the go. You get what you pay for.
Left by Dan on Jun 07, 2009 1:15 PM

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nice share, great article, very usefull for us...thank you
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