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Microsoft’s Gates vows against ‘Son of iPod’

After being left in the dust by Apple’s iPod and iTunes, Microsoft is working harder than ever to become the “gatekeeper for the home video business of the future,” according to an LA Times article published today.

The software giant has taken rather large steps recently to persuade Hollywood that it is the right company to lead the next wave of digital media. Microsoft has already made pacts with Time Warner, Walt Disney Co. and News Corp., the Times reports.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says he vows not to play the victim in “Son of iPod.” After being humbled by Apple’s success with digital music, “we’re really having to work more closely with partners in the hardware industry and content industry, to really think through the whole end-to-end experience and make it better,” Gates said. “That’s where we’ve done our mea culpa. We are fixing that.”

The Times reports, however, that content creators “may stand pat, place their bets with multiple technology partners or choose someone other than Gates.” The paper says that “few in Hollywood would be shocked to see Apple founder Steve Jobs pull another rabbit out of his hat, unveiling a perfectly thought-out system for moving paid video to computers and portable devices.”

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i don’t know.. i’m going to place my bets with apple on this one.

i wouldn’t be suprised if jobs is already 3 steps ahead of gates… jobs just knows how and when to keep his mouth shut.

and doesn’t like everybody in hollywood use macs?

Posted by Travis on July 18, 2005 at 12:28 PM (CDT)


tons still use avid.

but Apple def. is there.

Posted by ericd on July 18, 2005 at 1:04 PM (CDT)


I’m not a Gates fan at all, but we have to give it to him for good decision-making in the past. 

Despite how anyone feels about him personallly, he is no doubt a good businessman, which means he’ll continue to make good business decisions that will rival Apple.  If history repeats itself, Gates will introduce competition that will be just as good-if not better, and with a lower price point. 

Apple will always have its niche market, but Gates appeals to the masses.  A toast to the hunt; it will be iteresting to see who comes out ahead.

Posted by a on July 18, 2005 at 2:24 PM (CDT)


People want something that is well thought out and Gates is used to just throwing insane amounts of money into something just to get his name out there.

I’m sure Apple has something up their sleeves, and if it ever came down to a head-to-head battle with the two companies, I think more people would look at Apple.

I think Microsoft should change their name to Microhard, because hardware is the only thing they can produce that doesn’t completely suck.


Posted by narco on July 18, 2005 at 2:30 PM (CDT)


I fail to see how the iPod (or iTunes, for that matter) falls into the “niche” market category.  While Microsoft is trying to figure out how to bring paid digital content to the masses, Apple is already doing it.

Microsoft is a hugely successful company, to be sure, but they really dropped the ball with online music, and Apple’s been running with it ever since. 

For Apple to extend its already successful sales model to include video is a no-brainer.  It’s just a matter of getting companies on-board to provide the appropriate content.

Posted by Jonathan on July 18, 2005 at 4:03 PM (CDT)


“If history repeats itself, Gates will introduce competition that will be just as good-if not better, and with a lower price point.”

What has MS done that’s as good or better than a competitor only cheaper?

Something, I’m sure… but it’s got to be a short list :)

MS is known for mediocrity and flexing its monopoly muscles. Quality is not their strong suit.

Posted by Nagromme on July 18, 2005 at 5:50 PM (CDT)


Yes Nagromme you can fool some of the people some of the time or it seems in this particular poster’s case all of the time.

Posted by Spyinthesky on July 18, 2005 at 6:49 PM (CDT)


What is not mentioned above but is a crucial factor in this matter, is that Jobs, via PIXAR, is seen as an insider and player in Hollywood. He has proven himself over and over, in their eyes, as a result of the movies PIXAR has produced and made money distributing. He is “one of them”.

That provenance alone gives him the inside track in this “race”.

Posted by ffastito on July 18, 2005 at 6:52 PM (CDT)


Well and now let the games begin….
betting on apple to win on this,

Posted by narc on July 18, 2005 at 7:28 PM (CDT)


Jeez when will Bill Gates learn? If Apple wasn’t in the way from Microsoft dominating the portable audio industry, then soon Microsoft will take over EVERYTHING!

We’ll soon have Microsoft cars (and they built one already), TVs, DVD players, and all other electronics!

Posted by tubaman93 on July 18, 2005 at 8:44 PM (CDT)


Well, Microsoft has teamed up with Creative to try and dethrone Apple in the audio category.  But that battle is dead and over.  Apple’s iPod will remain the king of MP3 players until Mp3 players themselves are dead.  The only chance in hell that MS would have to beat apple would be for the “2 Devils”(MS & Sony) to team up.  But that ain’t happening.  The one thing I thing Gates really needs to be worrying about is how iPods themselves are selling Macs.  That was the original idea and it’s working like a charm.  I know this for a fact because me, my 2 brothers, and 3 of my close friends are these types of people.  I’ve had my iMac for 4 months now and LOVE it!  i’m not saying that the iPod is a “PC Killer” but it is definitely doing some damage and I believe sooner or later it will open up Gates’ eyes.

Posted by digitaldevil on July 18, 2005 at 10:47 PM (CDT)


“Apple will always have its niche market, but Gates appeals to the masses.”
Apple’s “niche” in digital music player sales is 75%. In music downloads, its “niche” is 82%.

Posted by Apple Polisher on July 19, 2005 at 12:02 AM (CDT)


I think Gates missed the boat. I suspect there is a stealth attack in play:

1. Deploy an “iPod Photo/iPod with Photo/iPod with Color Display” Give it more disk than many need on average
2. Make that the only offering. Sell sell sell.
3. Make arrangements with studios, etc, for content.
4. When all the pieces are in place, release a new firmware for the iPods (along with, perhaps, a new “iPod Video” with a large display). All of the sudden, many many people can take advantage of the “iShow Video Store,” even if it is a small-for-the-bus screen size.

Posted by Charles on July 19, 2005 at 8:52 AM (CDT)


yeah tis true…

Gates will have to pull an entirely new trick to dethrone Apple in the industry.

The bottom line is that, iPod ruled over them and it’ll probably remain that way haha!

more power for Apple.

Posted by ds_carl on July 19, 2005 at 11:53 AM (CDT)


I don’t think MS are capable of creating innovative products that people will see as original or desirable. Even if they could, their image amongst the masses sux.

Posted by Jonzun on July 20, 2005 at 4:33 PM (CDT)

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