The Zune As A Window Into Redmond

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We hate our Ipod. Its always broken. No matter how new it is. We’re pretty sure one day we’ll lose all our music because we can’t be bothered to properly back up all 9,000 songs we carry on our hard-drive. Despite all this, somehow we’ve bought at least five of them. Everyone we know has a couple, including at least one that doesn’t work. No wonder Microsoft wants in on this kind deal—the Ipod is basically made the Microsoft Way. What’s that? In short: sell an unreliable product that is nonetheless so useful you cannot really live without it.
The Big Picture today takes a look at the Zune and sees it as a reminder of what Microsoft is really about.

Let's get a few things straight about Mister Softee. First, forget all the chatter coming from Redmond about innovation. They are now and have always been uttery shameless copycats. They do not innovate; They do not create cool products; They are boring code writing cubicle dwelling drones -- and that's what they should be.
The second thing you need to know about Microsoft: They print money like they were a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Hasn’t everyone read Microserfs yet? If you want to know about Redmond, you’d better pick it up. Doug Coupland’s insights are worth a thousand analysts.
Zune, Microsoft and Corporate Culture [The Big Picture]

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