Microsoft is getting rid of the PlaysForSure brand used to identify compatible digital media devices and services and is rolling the requirements into its Certified for Vista program.
Microsoft concedes, as many predicted, that its Zune strategy can't happily coexist with a program designed to promote others' devices and services.
A group of film studios, consumer electronics companies, software makers, and ISPs say they are offering consumers an easier way to store, view, and access content. Critics say it's PlaysForSure all over again.
Microsoft's Zune killed the PlaysForSure initiative, and now Samsung is striking out with its own music store.
If you were one of the few who bought PlaysForSure tracks from MSN Music, your "rights" to those tracks change as of Aug. 31, 2008.
The Philips GoGear SA4010 (1GB) and SA4020 (2GB) are stylish, budget MP3 players that fit comfortably in your fist and support Windows Media Player PlaysforSure and WMA DRM10 subscription content.
Dual goes beyond iPod
Entertainment and Devices President Robbie Bach insists to financial analysts that, given a second chance, the company would still do the Zune.
Disposal of 2-year-old MSN Music download service upon the launch of the Zune doesn't bode well for Yahoo Music, if the proposed acquisition goes through.