Scoble hyped Amazon's Unbox the other day, and has now linked to a bunch of deeper (and not positive) reviews:
A couple of days ago I said that Amazon might be the fearsome Microsoft killer we were expecting Google to be. But after reading the latest reviews of Amazon’s new Unboxed, I should take that back.
Follow the link to Scoble's blog for the reviews - the one that sticks in my head was Friday's podcast from Buzz Out Loud - Tom Merrit was livid over the way Unbox works. He had a few large complaints:
- The files that come down play only in the Amazon player
- Amazon's software runs at startup whether you want it to or not
- Amazon's software tries to phone home at startup (probably for updates)
His irritation came not with the phoning home, but with the fact that it did so without telling him. The DRM is what makes it useless though; why download something that can only be played in one viewer? I have a large scree TV; I probably want to use it. This is yet another example of the MPAA standing between customers and what they want, and it's not going to help their sales.
Update: Tom Merrit goes into great detail on the problems here, on his blog