I think Zune is now the best portable MP3 device. With the Zune Pass its more like Rhapsody except you can keep 10 songs every month even after your subscription ends. Its also easily used in connection to the PC, and its only a matter of time until they link Zune players to Microsoft Networks like MSN, and Windows Live.
Now if Microsoft can integrate the Zune Marketplace and XBOX 360 Marketplace into one Marketplace so you can download and sync your music and movies from the XBOX 360. And when you purchase music or Movies from the 360, you can watch it on your Zune..
[citation][nom]daveloft[/nom]They need to finally bring all their services to the cloud and bridge their content and services between all their platforms Xbox, Zune, Windows Mobile, Windows Desktop and Web.[/citation]
...the cloud? You do know Windows Azure isn't for Home use?
But a single media service for all of their platforms would be great. Just imagine buying a movie on your PC, then walking into your living room to watch on a larger screen. You might get an urgent call in the middle of the movie, so you grab you zune, and finish watching it on the go.
I believe that's been Microsoft's grand strategy for years now. Bill Gates envisioned a future where everything is connected and runs off of Microsoft software. Your smart refrigerator would link to your computer and network so that when you go to the store, you could see what stuff you had in the fridge and what stuff you still need to buy. Your PDA/phone/Zune would be able to act as a mini-computer that travels with you. Everything would run off of Microsoft's software of course.
Unfortunately, Bill's vision was slow to be implemented, causing him to have several of his famous blowups. I speculate that he left Microsoft because he just couldn't handle all the disappointments and how newer companies like Google kept on releasing stuff that he had thought of years ago but somehow couldn't get to market in time.
As a Microsoft shareholder, I'm amazed how incompetent the management and employees are. Microsoft supposedly hires only the top people and programmers, they're famous for their interview process where they make you solve problems to indirectly test your intelligence. All these smart people and they still can't make software as good as their competitors? They can't innovate themselves but have to wait and copy off of what others have thought up? No wonder Bill Gates was so frustrated. How could a small group of people produce a better browser like Firefox when Microsoft has all of its resources and staff? What are the IE people doing, other than copying Firefox? What the hell is going on?