Microsoft Zune Reportedly Incompatible with "PlaysForSure" Windows Media Services

Martin O'Donnell pointed out an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer stating that Microsoft's Zune player won't play content bought through services compatible with the Windows Media "PlaysForSure" initiative. That means Napster, Yahoo! Music Unlimited, MTV Urge, and RealNetworks Rhapsody, among others.

Martin called this a "shafting" for Microsoft's PlaysForSure partners, and I have to agree with him. Bryan Lee of Microsoft reportedly said that Zune would maintain a "peaceful co-existence" with the PlaysForSure partners. For sure, dude.

Is there any wonder why Dell got out of the music player business when it did?