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Obama's "ZuneGate"

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the et-tu-barack dept.

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theodp writes "Barack Obama supporters were left shaking their heads after a report surfaced that the president-elect was using a Zune at the gym instead of an iPod. So why would Mac-user Obama be Zune-ing out? Could be one of those special-edition preloaded Zunes that Microsoft bestowed on Democratic National Convention attendees, suggests TechFlash, nixing the idea that the soon-to-be Leader of the Free World would waste time loading Parallels or Boot Camp in OS X just to use a Zune."

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so? (5, Insightful)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018825)

Here in Germany I see more no-name mp3 players than ipod and zune COMBINED. What does it matter if he's an apple or windows guy? It's not linux, so why does it matter?

Re:so? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26018883)

Amen brother, amen.

Re:so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019003)

Are you implying that it would matter more if it was a Linux device? Huh?

Re:so? (5, Insightful)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019005)

You took the words right out of my mouth.

An MP3 player is an MP3 player - you don't have to use an Ipod. Me, I use an Insignia that I got for free from Best Buy and it works just fine.

Re:so? (2, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019083)

Sometimes you don't want just an "MP3 player" but something with support for more formats, including Free Software ones like Ogg, FLAC and Speex. And the ability to play some fun games is a plus. An iPod with Rockbox installed will give you all this. So will a few other quality players. But the cheap MP3 players that are little more than USB sticks with a headphone jack seem awfully limited in comparison. One player is not necessarily equal to another.

Re:so? (5, Insightful)

BrentH (1154987) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019193)

Apart from the fact that iPod bought after summer 2007 can't load Rockbox, there's a bazzilion players out there that play Ogg Vorbis and FLAC right out of the box. If these free codecs are so important to you, why not buy the device that actually already does what you want (and support the kind of manufacturer that actually builds these players)? BTW, the Zune works fine with Songbird, so the Zune can be used natively on any platform.

Re:so? (0, Redundant)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019231)

there's a bazzilion players out there that play Ogg Vorbis and FLAC right out of the box. If these free codecs are so important to you, why not buy the device that actually already does what you want

Read my post again. The iPod is not the only device that plays those formats, but only a certain class of player will get you those benefits. The generic Chinese MP3 players the German poster above is probably thinking of do not offer such support.

Re:so? (0)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019353)

German poster???

Best Buy only has stores in North America, not Germany.

Re:so? (1)

TeXMaster (593524) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019319)

Apart from the fact that iPod bought after summer 2007 can't load Rockbox, there's a bazzilion players out there that play Ogg Vorbis and FLAC right out of the box.

Are there? I can't find any here in Italy.

Re:so? (5, Informative)

tao (10867) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019391)

The Samsung YP-U[123] (BTW, don't import one from the US; the US firmware has no support for Ogg Vorbis) devices seems to be quite easy to get hold of all over Europe; I bet you can find that one in Italy as well. But I'd recommend trying to find a Cowon iAudio instead (possibly by ordering it online). Less bugs in the Ogg Vorbis support plus support for Ogg FLAC.

Re:so? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019387)

BTW, the Zune works fine with Songbird, so the Zune can be used natively on any platform.

Correction: The Zune works fine with Songbird under Windows, so the Zune can be used natively on Windows. Songbird is available for other platforms, but MTP support is only available in the Windows build for some reason.

Re:so? (4, Insightful)

McFadden (809368) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019257)

That doesn't take anything away from the fact that the vast majority of people probably use them to play mp3s and frankly couldn't give a stuff about anything you've just mentioned.

Re:so? (1, Redundant)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019289)

Slashdot doesn't represent the "vast majority of people".

Re:so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019343)

GP didn't say it does.

Re:so? (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019361)

Neither does Obama - which is probably why he doesn't care if he's listening to an Ipod, a Zune, an Insignia, a Sony Walkman, or some other generic brand.

Re:so? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019371)

Only 4 things matter when most people buy a player:

1) Plays MP3s
2) Good audio quality
3) Decent storage space
4) Low cost

Almost every single no name MP3 player fits these criteria. That's why they vastly outsell iPods.

Re:so? (5, Insightful)

bobmarleypeople (1077639) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019023)

I can see CNN now
Our top story tonight... Obama: To Apple or not to Apple, that is the question posed to our team as rumours surface about major Mac user President Obama using a Microsoft Zune to listen to his music. We bring you the detailed analysis after this commercial for iPods.
.........actually, I can't see that happening. Give us some real news please!

Re:so? (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019055)

It's that kind of fairy talk that is helping MS lose the all time important war against the iPod.

Grow a set, pick a side and prepare for war!

Re:so? (3, Insightful)

BobReturns (1424847) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019173)

Exactly, this hardly seems like an issue that matters to the electorate - or more accurately that should matter to the electorate. Maybe we should be more interested in policy?

Or... (was: Re:so?) (3, Funny)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019203)

Perhaps it's just a prop that one of his advisers handed him to make him look hip.

Re:so? (1)

nattl (1051040) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019229)

So where in Germany do you live? In the mountains? In an underground-tunnel?

Re:so? (1)

Elbart (1233584) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019281)

Probably outside the RDF.

Why not use a phone (1)

sniperu (585466) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019303)

Why would anybody not use their phone as an mp3 player is beyond me. You already carry your phone don't you ? If you can afford an iPod you certainly can afford a phone that doubles as an mp3 player.

Re:Why not use a phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019355)

Why would anybody not use their phone as an mp3 player is beyond me. You already carry your phone don't you ?

because you can't switch on a mobile (even in flight mode) on a plane anymore...

this is the only reason I have an mp3 player, terrorists have alot to answer for.

Re:Why not use a phone (4, Insightful)

trenien (974611) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019389)

Off the top of my head:

- Because I'd like to avoid shooting my mobile's battery to hell through constant use for music.

- Because despite the propaganda from various cell phones makers, there's more and more evidence coming out that tends to show it's not very healthy to carry one over you for long stretches of time.

- Because I'll never again bind myself with another 12/24/36 months contract to have the latest 'ooh, shiny' and I much prefer buying a cheap phone with no strings attached which will last me at least a couple of years. That way I can change provider whenever I feel like it.

That's thinking about it for a couple of minutes. I'm pretty sure different people could find other reasons easily enough.

Re:so? (1)

joewhyit (1311009) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019307)

Word.

In other news... (5, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018827)

Obama is said to have been wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear instead of his usual Hanes...

WTF...*this* is news for nerds? I could care less what any politician uses to listen to his or her music.

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

Albert Sandberg (315235) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019067)

Yeah, but if it turned out he was listening to c64 sid music, I'd wet my pants ;-)

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

Alsee (515537) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019133)

Note to self: Remember never to allow Albert sit on the couch without plastic seat covers.

-

Re:In other news... (5, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019079)

Thank you. Not only is this not "News For Nerds", it's not news, period.

If the presidential choice of MP3 player seriously matters to you, kill yourself. With all of the problems facing the US and indeed the entire planet, this is the most trivial of matters, and people reporting on it should be ashamed of themselves.

Next we'll be hearing about Obama getting a hangnail. Just shut up.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

Chrisje (471362) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019167)

Right. So obviously nobody has modded your post +5 insightful yet.

But they should. I mean seriously. Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick. Who cares? In other news, he might wear string underwear, use hugo boss suits and play the banjo in his spare time too... And I still ask myself "who cares?"

All of these bloggers, newsmen, execs and /. editors ought to get something that at least resembles a life. Really. Seriously.

It reminds me of a Cake Song:

Shut the Fuck up

Ok
All right
Oh no
This one, this one, this one

Heads of state who ride and wrangle
Who look at your face from more than one angle
Can cut you from their bloated budgets
Like sharpened knives through chicken mcnuggets

Now, heads of state who ride and wrangle
Who look at your face from more than one angle
Can cut you from their bloated budgets
Like sharpened knives through chicken mcnuggets

(Shut the fuck) up
Yo, shut the fuck up
(Shut the fuck)
Right, right, learn to buck up
(Shut the fuck)
Right, shut the fuck up, hey, ho
(Shut the fuck)
Now, now learn to buck up

(1, 2, a-1, 2, 3, 4!)

Now, nimble fingers that dance on numbers
Will eat your children and steal your thunder
While heavy torsos that heave and hurl
Will crunch like nuts in the mouths of squirrels

Now, nimble fingers that dance on numbers
Will eat your children and steal your thunder
While heavy torsos that heave and hurl
Will crunch like nuts in the mouths of squirrels

(Shut the fuck) up
Yo, shut the fuck up
(Shut the fuck)
Right now learn to buck up
(Shut the fuck)
Right, shut the fuck up yeah, ho! Yow!
(Shut the fuck) Yow! Yow! Yow!
Learn to buck up

Now, simple feet that flicker like fire
And burn like candles in smokey spires
Do more to turn my joy to sadness
Than somber thoughts of burning planets

Now, clever feet that flicker like fire
And burn like candles in smokey spires
Do more to turn my joy to sadness
Than somber thoughts of burning planets

(Shut the fuck)
All right
Ok
I don't(Shut the fuck) wanna
I don't wanna hear it that's right
(Shut the fuck)
Oh no, ok, I don't wanna
(Shut the fuck)
I don't wanna
(Shut the fuck)
Yeeaahh, ho, yow!
(Shut the fuck)
I don't wanna...I don't wanna...

Ooooh ooh oooooooh ooh ooooooohhh ooh

Re:In other news... (1)

Jamie's Nightmare (1410247) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019127)

Bush loves his Ipod.

Re:In other news... (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019233)

This is important. This news suggests that he's at least somewhat immune to the RDF and stupid trendy shit in general. He also appears to be a smoker. I must say all this is pleasantly surprising, quite unlike his cabinet nominations.

You guys (5, Funny)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018829)

I will seriously kill myself if he likes Star Wars better than Star Trek.

Re:You guys (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26018991)

Oh come on. He clearly prefers Dune. Hussein is his middle name!!!!!111!11onetyeleven!!

Re:You guys (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019091)

Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected. In this case, I should think "interesting" would suffice.

Obama: Cult of Personality (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019103)

The only thing to say about Obama:
Cult of Personality [youtube.com]

Love those 30s era blue & red posters [wordpress.com] of him.

If he'd chosen a Linux one, that would be news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019185)

Otherwise, WhoTF cares?

At least it shows that he's not brainwashed by the Jobs' RDF.

Old (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26018837)

Old news is old. Obama already says he uses an iPod not a Zune. It also appears he is rather devoted to Apple.

But in the end this isn't really new and shouldn't be used to fill a slow news Sunday.

oh my god (5, Funny)

papabob (1211684) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018841)

He is one of those f*** bastards who use the tool that best fits him (for example being free, if it is really a gift from microsoft) instead of "what he should use"!

(or better)

He is one of those f*** bastards who only want to listen mp3 ignoring how stylish is his player!!

Impeachment now!!

Re:oh my god (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019287)

I'm confused, f*** is normally for people who are too scared to use the word "fuck", but in this case it would be "fucking". Is there some brand new swear word I don't know about?!

God help us. (5, Insightful)

msgmonkey (599753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018857)

Maybe he cares more about the music he's listening to rather than the make/model of the player.

If I did n't have an mp3 player and got a zune for free, as long as it played my mp3s correctly I'd use it. Sometimes I wonder if Apple is a religion or just some company that makes tech products.

Re:God help us. (5, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018889)

Maybe he's found out about how Apple make it impossible to use third party hardware with the iPod classic, or maybe he got one of the crippled EU ones with a volume limiter which precludes the use of a lot of high end headphones. Or maybe he doesn't like the fact many iPods have problems with batteries, or the effort Apple goes to to thwart people's attempts to use their own software or firmware in the Apple so you can't play ogg/flac etc format files. Apple's successes with the iPod are chiefly marketing related, not technological. They're like Microsoft - they adopt other people's work and stick it inside fancy cases. There's no reason why Obama should use Apple instead of Microsoft stuff - it means nothing.

Re:God help us. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26018899)

Shut. The. Fuck. Up. No one cares.

Re:God help us. (1, Troll)

loonycyborg (1262242) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019119)

You obviously care since you bothered to post..

Re:God help us. (1)

jotok (728554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018933)

Yah, I have been trying to get rid of my 160g classic for exactly that reason: I want to go back to the 80g model I had before (forget which generation) so I could hack it and play FLAC.

Nobody wants to buy the damned thing :\

Re:God help us. (1)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019247)

I'll give you $10 for it. :D

Re:God help us. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019175)

Yeah, I'm sure a guy with all the things he has to worry about is *very* concerned with things like firmware hacks, batteries, volume limiters and such.

"Dammit, I'll worry about the depression later! Leave me alone, I'm trying to get this ogg file to play."

Re:God help us. (1)

mshmgi (710435) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018927)

HERETIC! We must burn you now ... Steve be praised.

Re:God help us. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019059)

Maybe he cares more about the music he's listening to rather than the make/model of the player.

Or it was weight training.

Re:God help us. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019199)

Sometimes I wonder if Apple is a company that makes tech products or just a religion.

Fixed that for you.

Re:God help us. (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019259)

This [flickr.com] should silence your doubts...

Reality Check Needed (5, Insightful)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018863)

I can't believe that some people care more about which MP3 player he uses than what policies he's going to implement.

Can I get a reality check to aisle S, please?

Re:Reality Check Needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019019)

Can I get a reality check to aisle S, please?

Here ya go: Nobody said they care *more* about which MP3 player he uses than what policies he's going to implement.

Got that? Didn't happen. That's just in your head.

Seriously, what's the difference in triviality between you *making up* your gripe, and people yakking about what player he's using?

(I think he chose a Zune just cause it would yank some folks' tails. The man's definitely got a sense of humour.)

Re:Reality Check Needed (1)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019261)

How about that this is taking up actual news space on several sites I read which could be taken up with something important? That there has been massive 'outrage' about this from people who traditionally say nothing about Obama or his policies?

Just because you didn't see anybody say it, that doesn't mean that nobody has said it. Capiche?

Re:Reality Check Needed (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019243)

It is not exclusive. Most people can concern themselves with more than one matter at a time, an amazing feat, I realise.

The funny thing is that I see loads of stories here that nobody care about, and they get no comments. Then there is the odd story that bring out the people who feel the need to inform everyone of how little they care about the story, by actually posting on it.

It is like the people who don't care about something, but really feel the need to make you understand that they don't care about it.

Re:Reality Check Needed (1)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019277)

Did I actually say any of that?

It's like people who reply to your posts because they have their own point to make and end up completely ignoring everything you said.

Jesus... (4, Insightful)

skam240 (789197) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018887)

Holy Christ! Our president to be is using "such and such" as his mp3 player!? Holy Christ! Some one please tell me what popular Hollywood celebrity is dating what Hollywood celebrity right now as well because this is all totally fucking relevant to my life!

Re:Jesus... (2, Funny)

skam240 (789197) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018909)

Actually, I didn't mean to repeat "holy Christ" twice in the same post. I'm very sorry everybody. I'm very sorry Slashdot is posting tabloid bullshit.

Re:Jesus... (5, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018925)

Actually, I didn't mean to repeat "holy Christ" twice in the same post. I'm very sorry everybody.

That's ok, you actually have to call his name three times in order for him to...oh wait, I think that was the other guy...

Re:Jesus... (1)

stjobe (78285) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018969)

Hastur?

Re:Jesus... (2, Funny)

Soulshift (1044432) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019007)

Hastur?

Re:Jesus... (1)

TCK314 (969876) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019075)

Well, I'm not saying it.

Re:Jesus... (5, Funny)

stimpy (11763) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019095)

Beetlejuice.

Re:Jesus... (0, Redundant)

NoisySplatter (847631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019141)

I thought Candlejack was the g

Re:Jesus... (1)

stjobe (78285) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019149)

Good save there, but wasn't it Betelgeuse? :)

Re:Jesus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019191)

See, i was sure there was an I in that name.

Danm Star, thinking it is so better that it is one vowel up than it actually is!

MAKE THIS FRONTPAGE NEWS, ASAP, THE WORLD MUST KNOW!

Re:Jesus... (1)

UncleWilly (1128141) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019159)

..Beetlejuice..

Re:Jesus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019393)

Beetlejuice.
 

Re:Jesus... (1)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019293)

Oh what the hell.

Hastur.

Re:Jesus... (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019337)

Well, that wasn't so ba

Re:Jesus... (1)

Soulshift (1044432) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019345)

If the last post of a, shall we say, 'recently disappeared' poster is modded Funny, where does the

Great (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26018913)

As MAC user with a Zune, he will be able to experience the true value of DRM. I hope he'll remember that the next time some DRM lobbyist asks for a favor...

I don't care! (5, Funny)

A12m0v (1315511) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018915)

I'm posting to let you all know that I don't care!

Impeach Him! (4, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018941)

Can you impeach a president elect? I think we should try!

Re:Impeach Him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019215)

I think we would start with a report from the Office of the Independent Counsel-elect.

Uh, uh. (0)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26018985)

Man, if I was the next president, I'd be, like, yo man, I'm the president, right? Like, I don't need no stinkin' Zune for the gym, no iPod, no way man! I wanna LIVE BAND for my workout, like, you know what I'm sayin? Make it so, number two! I'm the President. Yeah!

Re:Uh, uh. (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019155)

Well to be fair the president isn't that powerful and only makes $400,000. While that is more than I make per year it's probably less than a band makes and I'm sure the band won't be willing to play for a sweaty president for the amount of money he could pay.

Re:Uh, uh. (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019339)

...I'm sure the band won't be willing to play for a sweaty president for the amount of money he could pay.

However, it could conceivably make for some most excellent marketing.

(NB: I am only reading this non-story because I'm waiting for a build to finish, iPods suck, I already have coffee, and there seem to be no hot babes walking past my building at the present time. So there!)

Watergate is a God Damned Hotel You Turds (5, Insightful)

Spasmodeus (940657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019021)

I have this fantasy in which I am kind of superhero who travels the country tracking down hack reporters who slap the "gate" suffix on anything vaguely resembling a scandal, then jabbing them with a cattle prod until I'm satisfied justice has been served.

Re:Watergate is a God Damned Hotel You Turds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019051)

Amen.

Apple (1, Interesting)

Elektroschock (659467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019035)

What's the issue?

Why do you want to use the proprietary apple stuff and be part of the product hype.

I am happy with my Samsung mp3 player because it plays OGG Vorbis.

Geek or Apple? This is a confession.

Using a Zune is kool.

Mapple? (1)

djfake (977121) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019037)

I knew there was a reason why I voted for this guy - he secretly HATES Apple!

"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (1)

guruz (645678) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019053)

This irritated me more than the fact he is not using the uber-widespread iPod

Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019107)

+1

Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (5, Insightful)

Chrisje (471362) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019237)

As a Dutch citizen I have the perfect freedom to:
- get abortions
- do soft drugs of various kinds
- drink alcohol from the age of 16
- get serviced by a hooker
- get euthanasia
- get married whether I'm gay, bi or straight
- get divorced
- speak my mind
- drink on a sunday
- have sex in public places so long as it's not visible from the street
- go where I please (we don't need visa for 99% of the planet)

None of which are freedoms I've seen Americans enjoy.

So I second that motion. Obama will be president of the USA. Calling him "Leader of the Free World" pisses me off too since he sure as shit don't rule my country.

Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (2, Interesting)

Jamie's Nightmare (1410247) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019351)

Many of the freedoms you list are not universally permitted/denied (alcohol, abortion,divorce). Also, maybe you missed the news when your government decided to ban the sale of magic mushrooms [bbc.co.uk] . But, I'm sure you're too busy to read the news, what with all your travels around the world via your Visa trumping Dutch citizenship. *cough*bullshit*cough*

It's also interesting that you claim you don't need a Visa to visit 99% of the planet, yet those who want to visit YOU, do need one [minbuza.nl] .

Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (1)

Lennie (16154) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019397)

As a fellow dutchy it ticks me off that my government is doing this. But I do see degration in most governments around the world, so you folks are not better off. Thus I've not found any other place I wanted to move to. Also I wanted to say, they may take away the magic mushrooms, but they are also talking about the local government growing there own marijuana. So we lose one, gain something else.

Soo... (4, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019057)

Was it a brown one?

Doesn't matter (4, Insightful)

tsotha (720379) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019065)

I seriously doubt Obama loads his own mp3 player, and that's a good thing. He's got lots to do before his first day on the job, and screwing with computers isn't on the list.

This is classic (4, Insightful)

JamesRose (1062530) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019105)

It's one of those "what a product represents" things. The Zune is immediately uncool at slashdot because Microsoft, newsflash- Microsoft make some decent products. Rated Excellent at cnet- http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/microsoft-zune-120gb-third/4505-6490_7-33259222.html?tag=mncol;lst [cnet.com] . Reality check, this is a good mp3 player that he got free, I'd be concerned if he went out and spent $250 just for a different make.

Tabloid Stories... (1)

jamesmcm (1354379) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019197)

Tabloid stories:

When they came to Digg,
I remained silent;
For I was not a digger.

When they found Reddit,
I did not speak out;
For I was not a Redditor.

When they came to Slashdot,
there was nowhere left to go.

Huh. (1)

transiit (33489) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019207)

After the last articles about whether or not he'd get to keep his Blackberry, would any other device with non-volatile memory mean anything?

Not to go tinfoil hat, but shouldn't we be just a bit concerned about donated devices to the politically influential that may phone home? (Sure, who cares what the recipients listen to, but if any of these are personally identifiable, it wouldn't be a huge technological leap to read just a little extra info during a the next firmware update check.)

I'd guess that this has something to do with why the NSA tends to lean towards certifications (white-lists) rather than trying to shut out iffy devices (black-lists)

YMMV

RIAA vs. Obama? (1)

KronosReaver (932860) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019253)

What brand player he uses is not news. What music he has on his player would be moderately interesting, but still not really news. Finding out how legal all of his music is WOULD be interesting...

I have my doubts (1)

Jamie's Nightmare (1410247) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019283)

I despise conspiracy theories as much as RMS hates shaving, but I'm not sure Obama is the Apple user people claim he is. At least I hope he isn't. The only source I can find is this Telegraph article [telegraph.co.uk] that mentions it among "50 facts". What isn't told is just how the Telegraph acquired these facts or even who stated them. Barack himself or one of his aides? Details are short.

I can only find one picture of him sitting before 2 macbooks on a table, but they could have belonged to someone else.

Zune sighted in real world! (5, Funny)

Tom (822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019321)

You guys are all missing the point! The "news, things that matter" part of this isn't that Obama is using a Zune, but that a Zune has actually been seen being used by someone. Happens to be the president-elect, that's just the bonus celebrity factor. But have you ever seen a Zune outside a store? See, now you know why this is news. :-)

sigh (1)

ramul (1103299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019323)

obama, you used to be cool.

Oh hai there Digg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019341)

I never knew you were on Slashdot.

Maybe.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26019365)

its just me but could it be that he is using something that he got free? I use a Sandisk MP3 player andit is fine for my use. But if I was given a loaded Zune or Ipod do you think I wouldn't use it? I mean OMG he isn't a fanboy he actually uses something other than an Apple product!!!!

It's easy. (1)

Qetu (732155) | more than 5 years ago | (#26019373)

He likes squirting.

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