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Mix: Bushcast, iPod Patent, Microsoft, Windows Media

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, August 12, 2005
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The White House is now offering President Bush’s radio addresses and select speeches as podcasts on the iTunes Music Store.

BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl says that the recent iPod patent dispute is normal in the tech industry: “When that happens, companies usually find it’s helpful to take out a license on each other’s patents… Apple and Microsoft have a long history of taking out cross-licenses with each other.”

WinInfo’s Paul Thurrott says that Microsoft and its partners aren’t going to catch the iPod anytime soon: “Guys, let me save you a lot of time and money: It ain’t going to happen. If Apple would simply open up the iPod to WMA (Windows Media Audio) files and PC-based online music services, the iPod would accomplish two things: It would literally be perfect, and it would blow away any reason at all to consider any other kinds of music players.” [via MDN]

Peter Griffin, a columnist at The New Zealand Herald says that he won’t be buying an iPod until adds support for Windows Media: “As a user of Windows Media Player and an avid CD buyer, I won’t be investing in the little white device until Apple sees sense.”

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More than anything else I am irritated beyond belief by journalists and online news services that provide neither email nor comment contacts. When a ‘journalist’ screws the pooch as badly as Peter Griffin he and the site that hosts him needs to be held accountable.

I love the idea that Apple, who owns the mp3 player market and the digital download market is somehow held responsible for not being willing to be part of an ecosystem. Apple CREATED the ecosystem and it is the labels that want to ruin it. And that is just one of the stupid errors this guy made.

Posted by dwb on August 15, 2005 at 3:07 PM (PDT)

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