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Mix: Apple website, Rob Glaser, Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur

According to research from Nielsen//NetRatings, Apple had the fastest growing website among the top 10 web brands for November 2005. Apple ranked No. 1 by climbing 57 percent over November last year.

In an interview with Engadget, RealNetworks founder and CEO Rob Glaser has a number of negative comments for Apple, iTunes and the iPod.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named to Time’s “People Who Mattered” list. “If you could read this man’s mind, you would see the future,” the magazine says. “He has sold more than 18 million iPods this year, more than doubled Apple’s stock price (to an all-time high) and put Desperate Housewives in your pocket. Jobs’ thoughts tend to become our reality. What will he think of next?”

Entrepreneur magazine has an article on what made the iPod a hit and why every entrepreneur should pay attention, with insight from iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz.

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It seems to me Rob Glaser should be spending more time finding a product that will work in the market than bashing Apple. While Apple is pushing the mp3 player interest in the market, Glaser is talking smack about the iPod. Until Real Networks, Creative and these other guys focus on marketing and making interesting products, they will never have a bigger market share.

Posted by MJ on December 20, 2005 at 12:45 PM (CST)


Agreed.  He goes on about the merits of a collaborative effort and bashes the industry leader.  The truth of the matter is that Apple would’ve been stupid not to have factored a market/distribution shift into their delivery model.  Where Glaser seems to feel collaboration and a new delivery/DRM model would fell iTunes, I’m sure Apple could just flip the switch, adopt the new methods and maintain their lead.  Popularity is about content and Apple’s got the lead on that.

Posted by Will on December 20, 2005 at 1:34 PM (CST)


Quote from the interview:

“Most users that are filling their iPods are still doing it through piracy.”

First of all, I want to see statistics that back up this claim.  Secondly, isn’t this basically insulting your potential customers?  I know I am offended by the fact that someone assumes that I pirate music.

Posted by Cameron T. on December 20, 2005 at 4:47 PM (CST)

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