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Old 09-16-2008, 08:08 PM
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Default More Zune Marketplace Freebies: This Time, They're Top Songs!

<p>Well, it turns out <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/90621/zune-marketplace-freebie-dem-boyz-go-by-planet-asia-f-l-o.html" target="_blank">"Dem Boyz Go"</a> isn't the only freebie. We've discovered ten other tracks on the Zune Marketplace Top Songs chart that are also available for free - and being top songs, suffice it to say, most of the artists need no introduction. This is either a very generous offering or some colossal mistake. Get 'em while they're hot!</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1221591647.usr2.jpg" border="1" /></p><ul><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=4d590e00-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Fallin'"</a> by Alicia Keys</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=6f680700-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Beautiful"</a> by Christina Aguilera</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=5bf7f000-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Vanorapa"</a> by Chiwonisho</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=bdddf100-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Heroes of Our Time"</a> by Dragonforce</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=07a1cc00-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Yesterday"</a> by Leona Lewis</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=c1be0400-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"So Fresh, So Clean"</a> by OutKast</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=d71bd700-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Me Cai (Da Cruz Jazz Ragga Mix)"</a> by Pacifika</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=95d6ee00-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Pervert Pop Song"</a> by Plastilina Mosh (last week's Zune Marketplace Freebie)</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=9dc06900-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Hips Don't Lie"</a> by Shakira</li><li><a href="http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=Album&amp;mid=ef140200-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933" target="_blank">"Jazz (We've Got)"</a> by A Tribe Called Quest<br /></li></ul>
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:31 PM
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I wasn't surprised when I couldn't download the tracks logged in with my real Zune Social account (the one linked to my Passport account), but I was surprised when I logged into my fake USA Passport and couldn't download the first three tracks (Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Chiwonisho). I kept getting a C00D12F5 error complaining about "media usage rights". *#&$(#$#ing DRM!

I was able to download the "Dragonforce" track though because it's an MP3.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:36 PM
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I wasn't surprised when I couldn't download the tracks logged in with my real Zune Social account (the one linked to my Passport account), but I was surprised when I logged into my fake USA Passport and couldn't download the first three tracks (Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Chiwonisho). I kept getting a C00D12F5 error complaining about "media usage rights". *#&$(#$#ing DRM!
A possible fix, albeit convoluted: Error message when you try to sign in to the Zune Marketplace or when you try to play content from the Zune Marketplace

If that fails, try this DRM reset tool: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=105000

FWIW, I downloaded them without a hitch.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:45 PM
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If that fails, try this DRM reset tool: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=105000
Thanks, I appreciate the link, but on second thought I don't want to pollute my music collection with this DRM'd stuff, because when I want to listen to it I'd have to sign out of my Canadian Passport, sign in with my USA Passport to authenticate, then log back into my Canadian Passport if I want the plays to be tracked. Pretty ugly all around...so I guess I'll just continue to say no to DRM.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:25 AM
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So much free content, this sounds great. Is this typical or are they promotional for the fall update?Any idea when the marketplace will be coming to Canada? I was hoping it would happen with the fall update as I thought I had originally heard it was coming this fall. I picked up a 120 at walmart last week for 199 and am trying to decide if I should return it. It does not look like much of the new functinality with the release will be of any use to Canadians without access to the marketplace.
 
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:39 PM
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So much free content, this sounds great. Is this typical or are they promotional for the fall update?
This much free content is certainly out of the ordinary; I suspect it's simply a 3.0 promotion.

Every other week, there are 1-2 free songs available. We post links to them on the front-page of Zune Thoughts, so keep an eye out.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:26 PM
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Post Zune Videos also Free

I am not sure if this has also been mentioned on the site, but if you are also looking for additional free stuff, the Zune MarketPlace has some TV show episodes for free. Episodes of:
  • The Office
  • Heroes
  • 30 Rock
  • Life
  • Monk
  • Psych
  • In Plain Site
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Eureka
  • Lipstick Jungle
  • Top Design
Most are the first episodes of the last season.

As for Jason's comment about DRM content, I keep the Zune MarketPlace downloads (as well as any other DRM material) in separate directories from the rest of my content, so I can easily tell what has DRM and what doesn't. Also, it makes it easy when setting up programs to search for content. If I don't want to include DRM, I leave out those directories. Most of the time I try to stay away from DRM content, but I don't have a problem with DRM when it is free. Again, free is free.
 
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:59 PM
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As for Jason's comment about DRM content, I keep the Zune MarketPlace downloads (as well as any other DRM material) in separate directories from the rest of my content, so I can easily tell what has DRM and what doesn't.
Yup, I'm doing the same thing as well - it definitely helps keeping the real content away from the stuff-that-might-break-if-the-DRM-server-turns-off content.
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