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iPod: Walkman or Betamax of 21st century?

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, November 15, 2004
News Categories: Apple

While Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls the iPod the “Walkman of the 21st century,” Microsoft and its allies are hoping to make it the Betamax of the 21st century, according to a report in the New York Times. “The iPod dominates its market in a way that no Apple product has done in a generation, raising the possibility that the company is becoming more than just a purveyor of computers with high design and low market share. If Apple continues to ride the wave of consumer electronics products, it may become the Sony of the 21st century. For that to happen, however, Jobs must do what he failed to do last time: prevail over his old nemesis, Bill Gates, who sees entertainment as Microsoft’s next great frontier. Microsoft is working hard to make sure that the iPod is less like the Walkman and more like the Betamax, Sony’s videocassette format that was defeated in the marketplace by VHS.”

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21

I even avoid iTunes. Until there is an industry wide and internationally regulated DRM standard I’ll avoid it.

The fact that they can change the rules of DRM years later is ridiculous.

“We know that when you purchased that song you were allowed to burn it as many times as you liked but now we’re limiting it to ten times and you’ve already used your ten times.”

They can do that ya know. And that’s ########.

Posted by mscot on November 17, 2004 at 9:13 AM (PDT)

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I bet Gates at least has the sense to make his model with gapless playback.

Posted by flowmaster in Atlanta on November 23, 2004 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

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