“Microsoft convened a small group of bloggers today at their Redmond headquarters to discuss the upcoming Mix Conference in Las Vegas,”
Michael Arrington reports for Techcrunch.
Highlights of the day included:
• The receipt of a Zune as a gift (the third I’ve received from Microsoft – I now have all three colors)
• Seeing the look on Gates’ face when he walked into the room and every single one of us had a Mac open on the desk in front of us – Niall Kennedy had also set up a makeshift wifi network using an Airport
• An hour-long anything goes Q&A session with Gates
Arrington reports, “One of the questions that I asked was his opinion on the long term viability of DRM… Gates said that no one is satisfied with the current state of DRM, which “causes too much pain for legitmate buyers” while trying to distinguish between legal and illegal uses. He says no one has done it right, yet… His short term advice: ‘People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then.'”
Full article here.
Gates responds to the Macs in the room: “Q) Do you despair at the number of Macs in the room? A) We’re happy about it. We sell a lot of software for the Mac!” – Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion, another blogger in attendance.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Scarbro” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: We would have loved to see that look on Gates’ face. Get used to it, Bill. So, according to Gates, people shouldn’t be buying music from Microsoft’s Zune store, they should be ripping CDs instead?
[Attribution: Macworld UK]
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