Zune to Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's
More and more is coming aout about the Microsoft Zune's newest model, the 3.0. First was iTunes library compatibility, a must if they're to win over the white-headphones crowd. Now we hear word of a deal with McDonalds (that other megacorp that starts with an M) to allow unfettered Zune access to the Internet in select restaurants. This is perhaps the largest-scale workaround for a hardware limitation I've ever heard of.
Microsoft signed a deal with public Wi-Fi provider Wayport and McDonald's restaurants that will give Zune users free access, no password or Web page log-in required, to hot spots in more than 9,800 McDonald's. This addresses a potential "gotcha" with the Zune's download-from-Wi-Fi feature--the fact that users can't access any hot spot that requires a browser redirect (either to enter a password or accept terms). Now they'll have nearly 10,000 guaranteed places from which to buy or (with a $14.99/month Zune Pass) stream music wirelessly.
... and I hate McDonald's. Sorry, Ronald. It's nothing personal.