Why Scoble didn’t get a Zune sponsorship

Oh, now I understand why Microsoft didn’t offer the ScobleShow a Zune sponsorship! Andrew Baron reveals that he was offered such but turned it down because the terms said he wouldn’t be able to say anything disparaging about Microsoft or the Zune. Since I’ve already done both, that leaves me out of the running explicitly.

Lame.

Seagate, for instance, hasn’t told me ANYTHING about what I need to say about them (they are the founding sponsor for my ScobleShow). I could say Seagate sucks. I could say they rock. Or I could say nothing.

That’s why I really appreciate Seagate.

But, while I got Seagate’s CEO listening to see what I WILL say, why don’t you have a go? Got anything to say about Seagate? Anyone have one of their new 750GB drives? I know Thomas Hawk bought two and swears by them. But, here’s the deal. I want to know if their products suck. Why? Cause I can take that feedback to their execs and say “fix this and you’ll increase your brand’s equity.” If you think someone else makes better storage devices, tell the world right here. Even better, link to your blog where we can read why.

Microsoft, I guess, still hasn’t discovered what’s magical about blogs: they let a big company listen in on the word-of-mouth conversation in a way that no one was able to before.

UPDATE: James Robertson says this isn’t the way to turn down a deal cause it blows up all bridges. I don’t agree. You define yourself and your business by the customers you fire. I’m sure that the next sponsorship deal that Andy gets offered will be a lot more like what Seagate gave me than what Microsoft usually offers.

This takes me back to what was so special about Channel 9: that the customers could write “Microsoft sucks” right on the home page and we wouldn’t pull it down.

It’s too bad that Microsoft just doesn’t put Jeff Sandquist in charge of marketing and sponsorships. There’s no way he’d have left that as part of any deal he offered.

126 thoughts on “Why Scoble didn’t get a Zune sponsorship

  1. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.

  2. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.

  3. “Microsoft was the first company to really make me feel as though I was being taken advantage of personally.”

    My iPod has been back for replacement 8 times! Every time I get lied to by the Geniuses at the Genius bar. I see others online (read Amazon reviews) with similar problems. iTunes works erratically on Windows. You feel personally victimized by Microsoft? I’ve never had this much trouble with anything from MS. In fact, I’ve never had trouble with any hardware or software from MS.

    There could never be an iPod killer? They own too much of the market? Horseshit! I am actively LOOKING for an iPod replacement for when this one takes its final out-of-warranty dive. No way I’m paying to have this piece of white turd repaired. Steve Jobs’ blind cult followers who think they are SO superior are SO brainwashed.

    Mark my words, the days of Apple MP3 player dominance are numbered. People just aren’t THAT stupid. iPods will go the way of Netscape.

  4. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  5. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  6. Hi Robert,
    Long time no comment (or read) but I just dropped by to see how you’re doing post-MS.

    I love the silence of Seagate bearings, but they really screwed the pooch with some early SATA drives that had compatibility issues with certain controllers. I own one of those, it’s a 180GB disk. I had issues but luckily people found workarounds.

    Anyway, I’m mostly a WD guy, but if Seagate can give me a good reason to trust their drives not to fail (how does the failure rate compare to WD for PATA/SATA drives), I’ll buy them instead.

    Do hard drive manufacturers even advertise beyond the graphics on the box?

  7. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  8. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  9. I used to hate Seagate – back in ’96 (or somewhere around there) I got a new 4.3 GB drive for my computer. Plugged it in, proceeded to start the computer so I could transfer Windows over to the new drive. One high pitched whine and some smoke later, I had a dead drive. Another drive just didn’t work – I would format it, reboot Windows, and it could no longer see the drive, until I formatted again. At this point I said enough of Seagate.

    Now, I work for a company who uses them almost exclusively and have had nothing but good experiences with them. One occasionally goes bad, but we RMA it (a pretty easy experience, compared to other companies) and get the replacement rather quickly. Now if they would just make a drive like the WD Raptor drives, that would be perfect.

  10. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  11. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  12. And this surprises you? Robert, I thought you might know a bit more history than that!

    Back in the day, when IBM and Microsoft were duelling it out over OS/2 and MS Windows 3.x, I had OS/2 on my PC and approached Microsoft’s local representatives about getting the Windows SDK – since OS/2 was the safest way to run MS Win3.x, for any sort of purpose.

    They never got back to me.

    Microsoft has an attitude problem – or should we say, an altitude problem – they think they’re above everybody else, when half the time, the reason why they don’t see anybody at their level, is because everybody’s several thousand feet above them.

  13. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  14. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  15. Really, has anyone had a lawyer look at this “disparagement” clause and try to actually figure out what it means, instead of a bunch of laymen jumping to conclusions? That one post about the legal definition of disparagement seems to suggest this whole Zune logo thing has been completely misunderstood.

  16. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

  17. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

  18. Robert – when you say you “weren’t offered a sponsorship” are you saying that who ever sells advertising/sponsorships for ScobleShow was turned down, or are you saying that there was no proactive outreach from Microsoft to sponsor ScobleShow?

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