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Apple, HP deal angers Microsoft

“HP’s move to release an own-branded digital-music player based on Apple’s iPod and to ship iTunes pre-installed on all HP PCs - has angered Microsoft.

General manager of Microsoft’s Windows digital media division David Fester has suggested that iTunes’ emerging dominance would be bad for consumers, because it would limit them to the iPod.”

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1

Coming from someone else, this argument might have weight. But for Microsoft to complain about a competitor gaining an unfair edge is ironic, not to say ludicrous.

Posted by oxhead on January 13, 2004 at 8:16 AM (PDT)

2

Microsoft complaining about Monopolizing stuff..

bwahahaahahahha… wtf

Posted by ed on January 13, 2004 at 8:21 AM (PDT)

3

GM of Microsoft’s Windows digital media division David Fester said that, eh?

fes·ter   ( P )  Pronunciation Key (fstr)
v. fes·tered, fes·ter·ing, fes·ters
v. intr.
  1. To generate pus; suppurate.
  2. To form an ulcer.
  3. To undergo decay; rot.
  4.
      1. To be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning; rankle
      2. To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline

v. tr.
  To infect, inflame, or corrupt.

Yep, that’s about right.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 13, 2004 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

4

lmao @ AB

Posted by dave on January 13, 2004 at 8:31 AM (PDT)

5

I don’t see why Microsoft is complaining about another company doing good, I mean really.  If Apple would be willing to licence out playback rights to the type of AAC files that they use in the iPod then I don’t see why we couldn’t have other companies players selling as well, not that they will be as nice as the iPod but still.

Posted by Judd on January 13, 2004 at 8:32 AM (PDT)

6

Speaking of other players being able to play the iTunes files, that is entirely possible and will likely happen in the not too distant future (though Apple may not want it to). Other software can also play those files. As any Mac user knows, all programs on a Mac can utilize and play iTMS purchased songs. In the Windows world this can happen, too. REAL 10 is an example:

“AAC files purchased from Apple are available for use in a wide variety of software programs — because they’re tied not to iTunes, but to the QuickTime media framework. Any program that can playback QuickTime content can playback AAC files purchased and authorized on that computer. That’s how Real is able to utilize M4P files from iTunes in its software.”

That’s a quote from another forum. Makes sense to me. Any comments on that?

Another thing that gets me is the assumption that Apple is unwilling to license the AAC/Fairplay combo that they’re using. I mean, has anyone actually verified this with Apple?

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 13, 2004 at 8:39 AM (PDT)

7

Wait a second.  Doesn’t Windows Media Player only let you rip into .wma format?  And isn’t Windows Media Player pre-installed on all windows machines? 

Posted by Dave on January 13, 2004 at 8:41 AM (PDT)

8

The definition of choice to M$ = Our way only.  Well too bad, because this time your format isn’t the “industry standard choice” for a change.

Posted by Lance on January 13, 2004 at 8:50 AM (PDT)

9

Pot calling the kettle black. smile

Posted by biga9999 on January 13, 2004 at 8:50 AM (PDT)

10

This is really funny!

Posted by Bayport Bob on January 13, 2004 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

11

Good one Microsoft, and it’s not even April 1st yet.

Posted by ikelleigh on January 13, 2004 at 9:04 AM (PDT)

12

I guess you better feed it some e-companies to make it happy again.

Posted by john on January 13, 2004 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

13

HAHA
I love it!

Posted by mongoos150 on January 13, 2004 at 9:27 AM (PDT)

14

Err, ya.  Kinda like how when you install Microsoft Windows you’re limited to Microsoft Internet Explorer for your web browsing and Microsoft Windows Media Player for your audio and video. 

Mmm, I’m sorry, did I miss something, I only say the company “Microsoft” in this list.  I hope I didn’t *limit* it for anyone.

Posted by Sven Rafferty on January 13, 2004 at 9:55 AM (PDT)

15

let me laugh at this…damn microsoft

Posted by Axel C on January 13, 2004 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

16

is this gonna lead hp using the design of a powerbook? i love powerbook design but apple powerbook run OS X. suck btw. i wish there a powerbook that run windows. i love apple hardware but thier OS SUCK!!! omg this gonna start flame. i’m rdy for yall.
i know M$ steal everything from apple so dont use that on me. and dont use without appl there would be no windows. is ipodlounge for ipod user only or apple fanboy base?!?! lol SUCKA!!!

Posted by mini ipod suck on January 13, 2004 at 11:19 AM (PDT)

17

This really is unfair, Windows has been a wonderful open platform full of competing vendors and the ability to go with whoever you want. If you are that upset you could always remove iTunes and load what you want anyways, I suppose. But it’s not like MS every tried to keep out competition, just ask Sun. I hope Sun’s newest OS with built-in Java 3D makes its way to a huge vendor. I would love to see MS cry foul about that too; the situation turned around completely. How ironic. I heard Longhorn might be named Windows SC, Sad Clown. Keep up the jokes boys!

Posted by Mike W. on January 13, 2004 at 11:42 AM (PDT)

18

The IBM T40/T41 series laptops are kind of like the powerboook in the PC world, except they’re lighter, faster, a bit cheaper, have longer battery life, run cooler, and run Windows.  The top casing is magnesium and the bottom is some carbon fiber titanium composite or something.  The screen has higher resolution.

Posted by P on January 13, 2004 at 11:43 AM (PDT)

19

Windows SC… Same Crap

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 13, 2004 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

20

Windows SC… Same Crap is kinda funny

but the first time i heard windows xp stand for Xtra Problem i was cracking up. funny ####. i’m running on xp so its cool. love the GUI.

Posted by mini ipod suck on January 13, 2004 at 12:04 PM (PDT)

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