The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Microsoft blocking MP3s on Verizon Wireless phones?

Posted by Xavier Ashe on January 9, 2006

So there seems to be some fallout from Verizon's music download
service
— users who choose to “upgrade” their handsets to support the Verizon Wireless music store are
doing so at a tradeoff: you'll no longer be able to play MP3s on your phone. The new phone software prevents you from
playing MP3s on the phone as a result of an agreement Verizon Wireless made with Microsoft, the latter of whom
stipulated that if the Verizon Wireless music store was gonna fly at all, MS wanted to make sure that phones using it
could only play back Microsoft's audio format. Supposedly there is an internal memo floating around at VZW Wireless
saying that if anyone complains about the new “featureset,” they'll be given a refurbished phone with older
firmware to “correct” the “problem” — but that users aren't being warned ahead of time that
they'll lose MP3 playing functionality by upgrading their phones. Very tricksy, guys, very tricksy! You know, if the
customer didn't always come first with these big corps we'd really be in trouble, folks.

From Engadget.

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