If you sign up, it sends me a notification that so-and-so signed up and gives me your number. You can have it not do that if you don't want (I think), in which case we will email you and ask for your number.
Matt - Hopefully. Any and all 360 units we get will be given away to readers on Gear Live. Here's to hoping ;)
As for it being beta - yeah, as are many other services that people use in mass quantities.
MP3s are often legally bought music? That is far from the truth.
If Microsoft doesn't want to support Divx, then they also need to disable MP3 support, opting only for AAC and WMA. Even those can be illegally obtained, but the de facto standard in illegal music is MP3.
This would be the same stance from the video arena, as they stream WMV and the like.
By the way, for anyone with a high-definition display, the video streaming is a much stronger selling point than the audio. This post is in regards to the Media Center Extender functionality - not that of simple connecting an MP3 player to the unit.
Wait - how are MP3s used for legitimate purposes much more than Divx files are? Do you know how many video press kits we receive that include a divx format for us to provide to readers?
Divx and MP3 are in the same boat - they are both non-DRM multimedia files. That's it. One is for music, and the other is for video.
One is playable on the Xbox 360, the other isn't.
Mitch G. is the person's actual name. If you don't see him on the list, it's because he likely used a username. I just picked one at random and dropped the email. That was the name that was given in the response, minus the last name for privacy reasons.
Being in the I4U Network, and being an independent tech blog are unrelated. I run, own, and maintain Gear Live out of my home. I do not have employees, and we are certainly independent. In fact. I4U.com is independent as well.
I think if Gizmodo can be in the running, which is backed by Gawker Media, we can as well ;)
For anyone that thinks the author is a "Nintendo fanboy", how about you try reading his original article which talks about why the PSP will rock?:
Now who's a fanboy?