Zune: welcome to the stupid

Remember Zune’s DRM-crippled wireless sharing system? Apparently the record labels have crippled it further. According to Engadget:

It appears Sony Music and Universal Music Group are marking certain artists of theirs as “prohibited” for sharing, meaning that just because you’ve paid for a song, and even managed to find another Zune user on the planet Earth, doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get to beam that JoJo track to another Zune via WiFi magics. In a non-scientific sampling of popular artists by Zunerama and Zune Thoughts, it looks like it’s roughly 40-50 percent of artist that fall under this prohibited banner, and the worst news is that there’s no warning that a song might be unsharable until you actually try to send it and fail.

That’s the same Universal Music Group that gets a royalty on each Zune sold, and the same song sharing system that’s expressly designed to make people buy music and which is promoted as a key feature of Zune. Nice one, record labels.

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