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Re: Zune Likely Candidate for Death by a Collapsing Microsoft

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____/ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on Tuesday 10 February 2009 19:15 : \____

> On Feb 10, 8:55 am, Sermo Malifer <sermomali...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:49:18 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> > Zune Sales Tumble As Microsoft Tries To Compete With Apple iPod
>> What do Zune or iPod have to do with Linux?
>> <snip>
> Microsoft, Apple and Linux are the three big competitors right now in
> a market that includes all varieties of consumer-oriented hardware and
> software.  Microsoft gets most of its profits from Windows and Office,
> but these are threatened by Google, Linux, OS/X, and others.  So
> Microsoft has been attempting to expand into other areas (Mobile,
> Zune, Xbox, Search...), knowing full well that if you stand still you
> decline.  Microsoft would no doubt like to control all aspects of
> electronic entertainment, as would Apple.  Microsoft's moves have been
> frustrated in part by Apple's and Google's steady innovation and high
> quality, and by Microsoft's own missteps (Xbox recalls etc).  The
> story of Zune (and Mobile and Xbox and Search) is relevant for the
> competition and how it will play out.

The Zune represents Microsoft's experimentation with DRM on consumer devices
(hardware) and it's a total financial failure to Microsoft. Ballmer calls
these "funny products" because Microsoft loses $billions on these.

A weak Microsoft (it's almost in debt now) means no cathedral of FUD and
sabotage against GNU/Linux and Free software.

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