Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Microsoft Lays Groundwork for Xbox Live vs iTunes Showdown

 1080p, WMV streaming, and the Xbox Live Arcade update seemed to take the lion's share of attention with the latest Xbox 360 Dashboard update that went live last night. But the least talked-about (and even more telling) feature is the reorganization of the Media blade.

The new "Video Marketplace" link on the Media blade (above the Media Center, no less) is not much more than a quicker link to the "Videos" section from the 'Xbox Live Marketplace" link on the home blade. BUT it shows that Microsoft considers the video download functionality in the 360 a first-class citizen, along with connecting to various media on your home network.

This is just the first of what I predict will be many enhancements to the Xbox Live Marketplace to make it compete directly with iTunes. For starters, they'll need to make it easier to get to TV shows. They should be getting their ideas for the overall experience from Windows Media Center in Windows Vista. The Movies Guide is a great way to check out what movies are playing right now, and a similar concept would be really sweet for browsing and buying TV shows on Xbox Live.

Call me crazy, but I think Microsoft is going to win the battle for the living room. In some respects, they already are. Apple's Front Row is terrible compared to Vista Media Center, and with Digital Cable Receivers, next generation Extenders, and Wireless-N coming, combined with Zune and the Xbox Live Video Marketplace, the overall experience between all your devices will slaughter Apple like so many other competitors in the past.

Let the flaming begin.

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  • Earlier this week, I blogged that the new Xbox 360 Dashboard is the clearest evidence yet that Microsoft

    November 3, 2006 1:32 PM
  • iambaphomet said:

    Microsoft rocks. I believe that Bill Gates ill rule the world one day. I dont mind though, I love technology.

    December 16, 2006 9:09 AM
  • iambaphomet said:

    Microsoft rocks. I believe that Bill Gates will rule the world one day. I dont mind though, I love technology.

    December 16, 2006 9:09 AM

    fixed typo, time for a new keyboard

    December 16, 2006 9:11 AM