Even though they’ve done business with Bill Gates in the past, the Rolling Stones aren’t down with the Zune; according to this Newsweek column, you won’t be able to share your copy of Goat’s Head Soup with fellow Zuneophiles:
What’s more, when I tried to send a Rolling Stones song I just bought on the Zune Marketplace to another Zune, I got a message reading, “Can’t receive songs because of rights restrictions.” Huh? Microsoft says that in a minority of cases it was unable to secure artist rights for even this limited form of sharing, and that’s the message you get when you try to send songs from those holdouts.
Seems to me that when you buy those non-sharable songs from the Zune Marketplace you should be warned about this. But Microsoft says that they have no plans to give you that information, even if it makes you look like an idiot when you waste a friend’s time by trying to send a song and getting only that insulting error message.
Well, now we’re definitely not going to buy the thing. Anyone have any artist-sharing hiccups to report? Will Zune let you share Zooropa? We need to know!
Tune Into Zune? [Newsweek]