Microsoft “helps” you pick a MP3 player

In another attempt to drive MP3 player sales and the legal downloadable music industry away from Apple, Microsoft has launched a website called Six Tips for Buying an MP3 Player with Flash Memory.
1. Understand the basics.
2. Make sure you’re getting all the goodies.
3. You’ll want a display.
4. Let a professional make your next playlist.
5. Pick the right size for you.
6. Don’t get locked into one online store.
The sixth section is the most amusing one.

Have you ever been on the hunt for a particular song? Some obscure indie rock tune or rare jazz performance you heard on the radio? You might have to shop at more than one store before you find the song you’re looking for.


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Personal note: What I find funny. Indie music usually tries to promote themselves by allowing downloads of certain tracks. SXSW 2005 was a great example of independents trying to make a name for themselves via MP3. That and the fact that Apple’s iTunes allows MP3 file additions probably throws everything that MS is trying to do out the window.