So buying a Zune gives me a "get out of jail free" card?

Posted: November 14, 2006 in General

In case you missed it, Microsoft is paying $1 to Universal for every Zune sold. As many have said, this is an interesting turn of events. The bottom line was that the only way that Microsoft would be able to offer tracks in their store from Universal artists was to accept this “tax” on the player.

Universal’s CEO has said “These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it.” In effect calling anyone who owns an MP3 player a thief. So the insinuation here is that the money Universal is making off of Zune sales is to cover the cost of unauthorized copying, to make sure Universal gets their piece of the pie.

So does that mean that the user has paid for the right to copy (Universal) music that they do not own to their Zune? It sounds to me that by buying a Zune, Universal is saying “go ahead, steal some music, we already got paid for it.


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