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prediction: zune kills ipod

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microsofts new media player has a really cool new feature, you can send songs etcetera to other nearby players review

steve jobs was poo pooing this the other day (because he didnt think of it) and saying your better off just putting your own headphone in the girls ear. clearly jobs has been out of the dating market for a long time, but sitting next to a girl on the bus and putting something in one of her orifices is a lot more of an affront than harmlessly and pseudonymously sending them a song you like.

i predict this new feature will be the first real social change in a very long time. (and the ipod will just die or copy it) mobile phones just allowed you to contact friends you already had, but this thing opens up whole new worlds. imagine the compatibility software one could write, you do a match up algorithm between your playlists and you get on a bus, and your zune tells you theres a girl there thats also into real rock and smooth female vocals, or in jason’s case bad jazz and bob dylan.


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October 21, 2006 at 4:13 pm

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  1. Nah… who wants an i-pod that’s set up to receive spam?

    It’ll be interesting to see if anyone figures out something useful to do with this feature.

    Don Arthur

    October 21, 2006 at 6:48 pm

  2. I have to say I thought of the spamming possibilities too. It would be a good feature if you could keep playing the music, but apparently it is copy-protected in such a way that you can only listen a couple of times.


    October 21, 2006 at 7:04 pm

  3. you don’t think the world’s hackers will get around that?

    have some confidence in human ingenuity people…come on…


    October 21, 2006 at 8:21 pm

  4. I have had various PDAs, Blackberry and Palms over the last six years. I have also done projects on iPaqs and Blackberrys which have similar connectivity and programming capabilities to the Zune. The fact is they were a pain to do and no-one was really interested in them. Our problem ended up being solved by the Blackberry Internet Browser which could do HTML like a real browser rather than horrible WAP interface that useless mMode browser had (and the phones we tried to set it up on too).

    The Blackberries we deploy now get used as phones, email and browsing. Not much else.

    I suspect people will want their music players to play music 99.9% of the time. I have an iPod and nanoPod and I use them as distinct devices rather then integrated ones – same way I use my Blackberry.

    Some way get use out of that connectivity, but I doubt it will become popular in the way that the iPod has as a fashion statement.


    October 21, 2006 at 9:42 pm

  5. “you don’t think the world’s hackers will get around that?”

    Sure. But will the hack be worth the trouble?

    “Hey guys, I just ripped off this 99c song. Bill Gates can eat my smelly teenage underpants — it only took me three hours!”

    Don Arthur

    October 21, 2006 at 10:38 pm

  6. you guys don’t get it…you’re over generalising…

    the key thing is the kids…mp3 players have been around since at least the dotcom boom (cheap and portable ones too) but no-one had them except a few people until apple made them cool and suddenly everyone wanted an ipod…

    kids aren’t going to buy a business pda because they cost too much and of course business people aren’t going to muck around with local networking…

    but if everykid has a zune, or ipod with this feature, which will happen…then they will be connecting to each other via this device…

    and yes lots of people will just download the song…but the ones who can will just hack it once and then use it like that…its like modded xboxs…lots of people cant be bothered, but the time rich ones whose friends have huge game collections (rich parents) will hack theirs and play pirated games…


    October 22, 2006 at 4:22 pm

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