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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Juice Up Your Zune with DecalGirl Decals

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 04:16 PM

http://www.decalgirl.com/browse.cfm/2,230.htm

"Give your Microsoft Zune™ a new look in seconds and protect it from abuse at the same time! Check out this ready-to-apply Zune full-color skin with an ultra-high resolution full-color "Rage" design printed on premium grade adhesive-backed vinyl. Every DecalGirl skin is covered with a clear protectant layer for the ultimate in durability. Remember - all of our full-color skins use a patented repositionable & removable adhesive backing for fast, easy and accurate installation and goo-free removal! This skin kit covers the front and back of the Zune for maximum protection and visual impact."



One word: AWESOME. I've been holding my breath for something like this to happen for the Zune, and DecalGirl came through! There are an amazing 74 designs to chose from, and if the decals look half as good as the images do, these will make any Zune look killer. The prices are shockingly low - only $6.99 each! It almost seems too good to be true...oh wait, shipping to Canada is $8.95 USD, more than the decal itself. Still, not too bad - you Americans can get shipping for only $4.50, making this an ultra-cheap way to customization your Zune. DecalGirl also seems to ship anywhere in the world, which is a great change from many other online vendors. I'll request a couple for review and let you know what I think...


Friday, November 10, 2006

What Microsoft Thinks of the Universal Deal

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 04:50 AM

http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2006/11/10/on-the-universal-deal.aspx

"Today we're announcing that we'll pay UMG a per device royalty for every Zune player sold – a first in the industry. Why? We're about supporting artists, and ensure they continue to prosper with the emergence of the digital music model. The distribution of digital music isn't that old, and the current method isn't really doing a lot to compensate artists fairly. We worked closely with Universal to create this revenue opportunity for artists, as the industry transitions to a time when it can fully take advantage of new opportunities that digital experiences offer, both for consumers and for artists and labels."

There were more than a few eyebrows raised yesterday when it was revealed that Universal would be getting a cut of Zune sales. Unfortunately, Microsoft and Universal couldn't talk specifics, but the former did raise a couple of points today that I thought were worth sharing. Firstly, a portion of the cut goes to Universal's artists. Now who the artists are and how much of that cut they get is still a question mark. We did say they couldn't talk specifics, right? ;-) Secondly, Microsoft is talking to other labels (indies and majors) about the opportunity to participate in a similar manner. Yes, we'll give you a minute to get your head around that one. It's a "power to the labels" approach that not everyone is going to want to embrace. The upside of all this is that there'll be more tracks pre-loaded on the Zune than first announced, and there'll be more tracks available for purchase in the Marketplace (yay to choice). The downside is that over time, the strong-arm tactics of the labels is only going to worsen (nay to money-grubbing). They'll make money off the songs. They'll make money off the hardware. Soon, it'll be your clothes, and your soul.


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