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 concedes, as many predicted, that its Zune strategy can't happily coexist with a program designed to promote others' devices and services.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft's Zune killed the PlaysForSure initiative, and now Samsung is striking out with its own music store.
news analysis Some say Microsoft's Zune player means an end to Windows Media PlaysForSure partner program. Photos: PlaysForSure devices
Microsoft confirms its first Zune device will arrive this year, but speculation is rampant about how good it will really be. Photos: PlaysForSure devices
Yes, RealNetworks exec argues at LinuxWorld. But do consumers really want tech like FairPlay, PlaysForSure?