Something about Zune & Sharing

Like any good CEO, Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer is happy talking about the social sharing and other cool features of Microsoft’s Zune music player. Unfortunately, his words don’t match up with the actions of his partners at Sony and Universal Music Group

There are now reports that nearly 40% of the songs purchased or acquired through the ZunePass cannot be shared.

Most of the songs that that fall in the cannot be shared category are from a company that thinks all its customers are thieves – Universal Music Group. UMG had cut a special deal with Microsoft, and is getting at least a $1 a Zune. (Insert: marry to the mob joke here!) Sony Music is the other label with some sharing restrictions. Public Knowledge has a pretty fair and balanced overview of the situation.

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