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Microsoft CEO: iPod users steal music

“Speaking to an exclusive gathering of press in London on a number of issues, such as security, Steve Ballmer didn’t pass up the opportunity to take several digs at his company’s arch rival Apple. [...]

Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece - at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: ‘We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen’.’”

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Hehe -

Posted by Dude on October 4, 2004 at 2:32 PM (CDT)


lol i dont doubt that many songs on todays ipods are stolen….mine included…..but…..u seriously sound like a 2 yr old pointong fingers at a company that makes way better stuff than you. its moments like that that make me glad that apple never went outta business

Posted by ronin on October 4, 2004 at 2:37 PM (CDT)


btw..ive also spent my gair share of $$ in the itunes store

Posted by ronin on October 4, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CDT)


Microsoft’s new media business plan is revealed!

1) Insult potential customers
2) ???
3) Profit!

Posted by msherman on October 4, 2004 at 2:52 PM (CDT)


Microsoft - “Oh my god!!! We don’t own everything?”

Posted by porterdsgn on October 4, 2004 at 3:05 PM (CDT)


So what company was sued for doing uncompetitive business practices? What was that again Micro what company.

Don’t be misled.

Posted by common sense on October 4, 2004 at 3:06 PM (CDT)


Since when is “stolen” a format?

Since when is a track in mp3 format inherently stolen?

Since when is it impossible to encode a track in wma format and send copies to all your friends?  I have seen wma encoded tracks on Kazaa before.  Take that, Microsoft.  A format is a format, not a distribution method.  And frankly the audio quality of your format is inferior.

Posted by PodGirl on October 4, 2004 at 3:08 PM (CDT)


so how is this news? of course a lot people are gonna have “stolen” music on their ipods.. big deal.

Posted by uh yeah on October 4, 2004 at 3:14 PM (CDT)


Ballmer is a turd!

Microsnot stole from apple as the basis for windows!  And over the years, it has been proven that MS has “liberated” code from many others….I guess in old playground speak “It takes one to know one”.

Posted by iluvmymac on October 4, 2004 at 3:58 PM (CDT)


I have 4 words for you:
I hate this company!

Posted by Pocaille on October 4, 2004 at 4:19 PM (CDT)


who wants a pirated copy of windows or office?

Posted by torrents rock! on October 4, 2004 at 4:33 PM (CDT)


MP3’s are more likley stolen only because it beats the crap outta wma. Who’d wanna steal a craply encoded song? That just makes no since..

Posted by TymeFlame on October 4, 2004 at 4:39 PM (CDT)


I am glad that I just switched to Apple.  After numerous spyware/adware, viruses, and trojan horses, the Apple OS is more stable.  So, who cares if the processors in Apple’s iBooks and PowerBooks are slower than the the average Notebook processor, it depends on how they perform.  “or Mac if they feel the need to spend too much for underperforming hardware.”  I think that this is the most idiotic statement of all.  Go lock yourself in your parent’s basement and build another UI to your Linux.  As to what Monkey Head said, screw him too.  Microshaft is just jeleous that they cannot make a good combination of hardware and software like Apple does.  It is not his fault, though, that Bill Gates had to suck Steve’s penis to get the code for windows (and he is still doing it).

Posted by AppleForever on October 4, 2004 at 4:46 PM (CDT)


Enjoy it while it lasts!  Microsoft is about to become a real player (no pun intended) is the online music game and has the potential to take Apple’s lead in a matter of years.

It’s amazing that the iPod has been in the marketplace for so long and none of its rivals have tried to copy it.  They’ve all tried to compete with it by doing something they perceive as different and better…but their efforts have been in fact worse.

When the rivals begin to emulate Apple and the iPod, they will use the market share of Microsoft/Windows to take the lead.

Mark my words!

Posted by Talking Madness on October 4, 2004 at 6:46 PM (CDT)


yah id say most of my ipod is borrowed songs - but still this guy is a brat - i still think steve jobs is gay

Posted by gabe on October 4, 2004 at 6:46 PM (CDT)


It seems Microsoft is taking clue from Bush Campaign and relying on scare tactics to lure buyers.

Posted by MJ on October 4, 2004 at 6:51 PM (CDT)


This is like computer company propaganda!

Nobody cares about the details, the only thing people will read is “iPod=stolen music, Apple=bad, Microsoft = trying to fix things”.

The propaganda machine in full force.


Posted by narco in Burbank on October 4, 2004 at 7:04 PM (CDT)


...most common format of Windows on a PC is ‘stolen’.

Posted by StavrosMuchachos on October 4, 2004 at 7:20 PM (CDT)


This guy is out of touch.

File sharing got its start on the PC, and mp3 files were (of course) and still are the most popular audio file format. People with non-iPod players sure as hell don’t use wmv format exclusively… they use mp3 files. So to be fair - he should hit on all the music player makers that allow mp3 files to be played.

Furthermore, it’s clear from a recent study that folks who share files also purchase music CDs. So, the music industry does get supported by file-sharers directly or indirectly.

Maybe this guy’s job is up for grabs with MS recent problems in Europe.

Posted by umijin on October 4, 2004 at 7:23 PM (CDT)


Gawd, what the hell is all this ‘MS stole code from mac” shit? They developed for Apple for a time, and then when they were in a legal position to do so, released their own OS.

Not to mention that they all stole the idea of a mouse based GUI from Xerox. There, it’s been said, now shut up about it. Christ.

I’d agree that this comment is inflamatory and may not be true . . . but it kinda reminds of a comment mac made, in terms of impact. Fastest PC anyone?

Posted by Franklin on October 4, 2004 at 7:28 PM (CDT)

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