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Viral Video: Microsoft Songsmith Demo (Justin Bieber Can Relax Now)

Some things you cannot even make up. Take, for instance, this achingly awkward demo video for Microsoft’s Songsmith software.

[Update: The video has now been removed from YouTube. Can't imagine why ...]

Released several years ago, Songsmith is a product of Microsoft Research.

It has kind of been hawked in a goofy way over the years, but this just-posted video is simply the goofiest.

Using Songsmith, you can “make up your own hit sooooong,” growls the cheery Microsoft Store lady in the video.

Then she does and, somehow, the doomed Zune digital player is involved.

Oh, just watch it:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald