The McDonald's deal is important because although every Zune has
built-in Wi-Fi, the devices can only access free Wi-Fi hot spots that
don't have a browser interrupt. That severely limits the types of
public locations from which people can download songs wirelessly.
Many of the Zune's key new features,
such as channels and "buy from FM" are most useful when Zune owners
have access to a compatible Wi-Fi location. The McDonald's deal, struck
with its Wi-Fi provider Wayport, adds nearly 10,000 places where people can access the Zune Marketplace store.
As indicated, any hotspot with a browser interrupt, whereby the user has to agree to a EULA, is unusable with the Zune (anyone for a browser in 4.0 software?) so this deal was key to Microsoft. At the same time, it's somewhat embarrassing to Apple and AT&T as they seemingly can't get past their own hotspot sticking points.
The new and remodeled Mcdonalds are really nice. The one near my house has HD tvs as well.
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