"Should this become a precedent and eventually propel legal manoeuvring to such a degree that *all* mp3 players have to pay a "poll tax" to several content companies in order to be sold, we could expect to see consolidation in the market and a reduction in the number of players sold. Effectively, it creates a high barrier to entry and penalises small manufacturers. MS can afford to pay such a levy, many others can't or won't."
If Microsoft had vetoed the payments, it would have been forced to go to market with only a portion of the music available on the Apple iTunes Store.
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