Microsoft “is offering a $100 credit toward a full year of Xbox Music Pass to the first 100 people lined up at Microsoft stores when they open Friday morning,” Brier Dudley reports for The Seattle Times. “To receive the gift they also have to make a purchase.”

“Microsoft must want to be sure there are enough people at its stores Friday to generate some buzz,” Dudley reports.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Desperate measures for an increasingly desperate company. After seeing the Surface RT reviews, Ballmer must have figured out that free concert tickets wouldn’t cut it, so he upped his bribe.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" and "Tayster" for the heads up.]

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