Interestingly today I came across an article today that talks about free music from Universal. The article describes how a company called SpiralFrog is making the music available in an ad-supported way meaning it is free – as long as you watch some ads.
If this is a trend and not a fad, Microsoft needs to take notice and find a way into this market immediately. They need to leverage ad-supported music and videos is this could be the best way for them to play in the iPod/iTunes space.
Couple a strong product in music with Microsoft’s OS strength and video game growth and you have a pretty well rounded consumer electronics play.