Zune Social: Discover what music your friends like, then buy buy buy

I’m probably in the crowd

Let’s chat about the Zune Social, Microsoft’s music-centric social networking (Isn’t “social networking” redundant? When are you “anti-social networking”…) deal. Before we get too far along, know that you don’t actually need a Zune to participate in Zune Social. It’s like this: when you play a song on your PC, the title-artist-whatever information is uploaded to Zune Social. Here, all of your supposed friends (and maybe complete strangers, I’m not quite sure) can see what music you’re into. In my case, they’ll think I’m an eastern bloc drag queen since I pretty much exclusively listen to progressive house. If they like it, they’re only one click away from buying the song, provided it’s on the Zune Marketplace.

And that’s pretty much all we know so far. It sounds neat enough, I’m just not sure if I want my friends to know all of my music habits. I mean, it’s not like I go to the Abercrombie Web site and audio hijack the songs while writing sports columns for the NYU newspaper. ‘Cause I don’t.

Hands On with Zune 2 [Wired Gadget Lab]