I love my Zune. It’s small, and great at what it does: play music. With my Zune Pass music subscription, I can slurp up just about any song from the Zune Marketplace for a flat rate of $15 a month. I am also growing to quite appreciate my shiny new iPad. My friends and family often see me as a die-hard Microsoft buff, but I know better than that. My brother once jokingly accused me of Microsoft fanboy-ism for showing him an article about some Microsoft Research project. I was viewing the webpage in my browser of choice, Google Chrome.
Apparently Sony requested to have it’s own video removed from YouTube.
There was a bug in the Windows 7 Beta that causes some MP3 file corruption issues. A few days ago a hotfix was released for MSDN subscribers (who also got the beta 2 days before the general public), and now the update is available on Windows Update. Happy days! (Related: Windows Update received an update in Windows 7.)
I have a Zune Pass, and I like to use my 10 free monthly song credits to “remove” the DRM from my favorite subscription (and therefore DRM’d) music by purchasing MP3 versions of the songs. I right-click on a song that I like, and then click “More about this album” to go to the album’s page on the Marketplace. If I saw the “MP3” icon next to the album cover art, I would buy my desired songs from that album. From there I select the songs that I want, right-click on them, and click “buy”. It was a quick process that I really didn’t think much of, until I just downloaded a DRM’d song from an album marked as MP3.
Here’s the deal: The MP3 icon doesn’t necessarily mean that ALL of the songs are available in MP3, but rather it means that at least one is. Take a look: