Commercial Break: Microsoft make prize fools of themselves. Again.
Surprise surprise; here’s some more raspberry-blowing and name-calling in the increasingly childish war between Microsoft and Apple. This time, in an American ad for Microsoft’s Zune Pass music download service, Wes Moss (USA Apprentice winner reject) explains how, if you were to fill an iPod with music purchased from iTunes, it would cost you $30,000 at $1 a song.
Right – because that’s how it works isn’t it? You don’t have a collection of CDs or mp3s before you buy the iPod do you? Of course not – you start from scratch then rack up a $30k bill filling the bloody thing. Morons.
It gets better – let’s take a look at the Zune Pass small print:
“With a monthly Zune Pass music subscription, you can download millions of tracks from Zune Marketplace for the price of one CD a month ($14.99). Play them whenever you want on up to three computers and three players, for as long as you keep your subscription up to date.
You also get to keep 10 of your favorite songs each month to add to your permanent collection. That’s $10 worth of songs you know you already love.”
So… unless you maintain your ZunePass subscription, all you’ll keep are the 10 songs a month that you added to your permanent collection – for $14.99 a month. Which is… erm… £$1.49 a song! 50% pricier than iTunes. When they say $10 worth of songs, they mean iTunes prices! Of course! Duh.
Some smart aleck has already spoofed the ad (below), adding some pertinent stats to it and balancing things out a bit. Sort of like what we’ve just said above but with clever graphics and stuff. No room for one that says ‘Microsoft = wankers’ though.