Though by the looks of it, one may wonder if Microsoft is trying to raise something else entirely with the male buyers of the Zune.
Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune's supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst.
Take a look at the image added to this post (bigger photo here).
Are we meant to think of this girl as singing along excitedly to a song that's being played on loud speakers as she's clearly not carrying a Zune and has no earbuds in? Maybe.
Is this girl in excruciating pain, perhaps someone is jabbing her with a pitchfork or some terrible music is playing and the girl is about to raise her hands to cover her ears? Probably not.
Could it be that the girl is being pleasured by an off-screen person (her own hands are visible) and that she is bordering on a hefty orgasm? Given that there is a kissing couple in the picture, this actually seems most likely — and her facial expression certainly fits that notion.
What is it with Microsoft and having poor taste? This isn't just a small "oops, guess we messed up" mistake, and in all likeliness, it's a conscious decision even. They are trying far too hard, apparently hoping to link the Zune with the image of raving orgasms and happy couples kissing in the grass. Is this Microsoft's response to the general consensus that iPods are so sexy, people have commented (numerous times) they would make love to the thing?
One must wonder what parents will think of Microsoft choosing a picture of a kissing couple and an orgasming girl for their Zune installation screen. Personally, I don't need to be confronted with weird, suggestive pictures while I'm setting up the supporting software of a digital audio player.