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Bill Gates: ‘I’m not an iPod user’

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday that while the iPod has been “a great success,” he doesn’t use the Apple music player and doubts claims made earlier this month that the majority of his employees are iPod owners.

In an interview with ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, Gates said: “I’m not an iPod user. I use the Creative Zen which is a fantastic product. That’s another space where, even what we have today, whether it’s iPod or the other things are only the start of what we’re gonna have in a few years. People are gonna want choices. These things are going to be smaller or better, cheaper.”

When asked about a recent Wired News article that reported about 80 percent of Microsoft employees who own a digital music player own an iPod, Gates said: “Well, I doubt that’s the case. Certainly, the iPod’s a great success.”

Gates went on to say that Apple “did a great job” with the iPod, but “what Apple’s done there is typically what they do.” He said: “It’s only their one music store, only their device. What we’re doing is providing choices.”

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First off, I own a 40 gig Nomad Zen Xtra as my digital music player and let me tell all you people out there that I had no issues working and navigating my player. Plus, it has superior sound quality over the ipod. Signal to noise ratio on iPod is 90 db. 98 db on the Nomad. Its a proven statistic there and I tested it. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), that test witht he sound quality was indeed a blind test and I had my dad, whos an audiophile, do the test with me. (See me my post in this forum above about this by JRM) and his job used to be to test audio products and what not and we both agreed. I told him that overall, the first choice of music sounded better, and my dad told me that it was my Nomad that was playing vs. the ipod. Im not dissing the iPod at all;I am saying that I love and cherish my Zen Xtra. It is a little bigger than the iPod, but regardless, it fits perfectly in my pocket, even with the semi-bulky case it came with (cause of the belt clip that makes the case bigger). I like Mac and Pc btw. Just nice to have both just in case. But yah.

Posted by JRM in Burbank, CA on February 17, 2005 at 11:37 PM (CST)


I’m sorry but todays ‘Joy of Tech! only demonstrates the mass ignorance of the Mac Zelliots!

Windows uses are “Happy with Windows and aren’t much affected with Viruses and Spyware!”

Again that’s total SH*T you can not compaire a 97% PC Market to a 2% Mac Market where 1% makes up the rest! No I’m not going to sit here and defend M$. M$ are big enough to defend themselves. But when you have over 97% of Bulk Mass Media Mailers (Spam), like any good Ad agency that uses a Mac in there Production I thought thay tought you all to go for the ‘Nice big fat & Jucie and moreover soft targets.

x86 is as Open Source as you can get! and whether you are willing to except it or not no one knows (or really cares about PPC), Windows may not be the best OS EVER! (or indeed at all…)

But, again Security though overpriced & propriotory Hardware, is only security at it’s best though obsurity…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 18, 2005 at 8:03 AM (CST)


All this talk and what alot of people don’t know is that Bill Gates has alot of stock in apple that he purchased years ago. Think about that one…...

Posted by crowpod on February 18, 2005 at 9:48 AM (CST)


I get so tired of heading about the microsoft apple stock story.

Bill Gates himself didn’t buy the stock in Apple, it was microsoft.  They have long since sold every share they had and made a handsome profit in the process.  Google if you want to know all the details of what happened.

Posted by schnikies79 in evansville, in on February 18, 2005 at 10:59 AM (CST)


Well I choose the iPod in the same way I choose Microsoft for there Mice. Why because it’s the best value for my Money. I wouldn’t care if ‘ol Billy has an iPod or not it ranks downthere somewhere with Global Warming & Flatuant Cows! But, who among any of us here really expected him to praise Apple with it’s iPod?!?!

The whole chiose debate is not about iTMS or Crapster. It’s about DRM (Digital Right$ Managment), so the RIAA can get a nice big fat slice of Cake! I mean it’s no secret that Apple is makeing NO MONEY! of it’s iTMS (and propbably never will too!). I’m not saying the time is now but, I for one would hope that somethings will converge into a more humongines entity.

Of which are:
DVD: Weather +,+DL -.-DL? or RAM! This crap really anoys me to no end!

DRM: That´ll only play on an M$ Device or an Apple one. It’s a MAJOR INCONVIENANCE to the Person (or Persons), who paid for a some Tune, Talk about an RIAA ‘Wet Dream’ “That’s one Britney Single: $0.99(USD), for you’re iPod and another $0.99(USD), for your Zen (good ony for 30 Days!).

Uh no thank you the T&C at Apples Store are better (so long as Apple mantains it site of course).

But, I reall don’t fancy haveing to purcahse a licence to hear something I paid for, for any Device I’d wish to hear it on beit Apple or an M$ affliate…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 18, 2005 at 11:25 AM (CST)


in short the People who are whining the most about the iTMS not supporting there Zens’ (or what’its), should abandon this case against Apple as it will not do them any good. But, instead persade there Lawmakers to pass a law stateing that everyone who sells (read: MUST SELL RIAA infested Code), must use the same DRM to do this job.

Ok now lets see how this goes down with the Zellits!!! :grins:

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 18, 2005 at 11:32 AM (CST)


Ichijoe…what language are you speaking?

Posted by instantpop in Minneapolis on February 21, 2005 at 1:33 AM (CST)


To understand opinions uttered by such luminaries as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, or Arnold Schwartzenegger, one should realize that these people are EXTREMELY competitive.

Compare your basketball skills to Jordan’s in his prime and you’ll get an idea of what I mean by the difference between their competitivness and your’s.

These folks won’t concede anything to the competition. Oh, they’ll offer praise, usually faint, but, underneath this veneer of civilized discourse or humility, they absolutely burn to kill their rivals.

The super competetor only reveals “truth” in his deeds—not in his words.



Posted by godsfault on February 21, 2005 at 1:44 PM (CST)


first of all, in reference to a seemingly popular phrase. Mac ZEALOTS. not zelliots, zellots, or whatever other variation of the spelling you people tried. second of all, why are you all in competition? it’s just two huge corporations, so unless you have a significant amount of stock or are company employed of one of them, who cares? why expend energy hatin’ on people who like one or the other, when that’s the beauty of having your own choice. third of all, how is what Bill Gates said in anyway stupid? what do you think he’s going to say about a WILDLY popular product put out by his ARCHRIVAL company? “dang, we’re crying over here at microsoft cuz we didn’t think of that.” no, id say he’s saving his face the way anyone with an ounce of pride would do… and it’s not like this multibillionaire has much to be ashamed of in total, anyway.

Posted by itsaboutthemusic on February 24, 2005 at 3:23 PM (CST)

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