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Motorola: ‘Screw nano’ comment just a joke

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, September 26, 2005
News Categories: iPod nano

Motorola public relations has put out a statement in regards to a widely-cited report by the IDG News Service that portrayed Motorola CEO Ed Zander as having animosity for Apple’s iPod nano. The company claims that the “Screw the nano” remark was taken out of context and that Zander was simply joking in response to a question that asked why the Motorola ROKR phone only held a maximum of 100 songs.

“Motorola has a great partnership with Apple. Unfortunately Ed Zander’s comments, made at a conference in California on Friday, were taken out of context,” Motorola said in the statement. “During the Q&A session one questioner repeatedly and insistently asked what Zander thought of the Nano. Jokingly, Zander said he wasn’t there to talk about the Nano—but to talk about the next big thing happening in the industry—the fusion of the phone and music. ROKR with iTunes was a good beginning, he said, and there’s more to come.”

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1

IMO, this sounds like Motorola PR’s attempt to save face in light of their CEO’s embarresing comments…

Posted by Cameron Talley on September 26, 2005 at 7:45 PM (PDT)

2

So he was only kidding? Darn. Guess the “Completely Clueless CEO of the Year Award” goes to Sim Wong Hoo, after all. Sigh… such a promising candidate, too.

Posted by Alex on September 26, 2005 at 7:55 PM (PDT)

3

And this guy has won “The Most Believable Retraction of the Year Award.” Yeah. Right. What an a total #####.

Posted by Jack on September 26, 2005 at 8:15 PM (PDT)

4

Exactly. Joke my ###!

Posted by mongoos150 in Tucson, AZ on September 26, 2005 at 8:24 PM (PDT)

5

*AH CHOO!!!* Sorry, I’am allergic to bulls***.

Posted by azn1stknightsoul on September 26, 2005 at 9:37 PM (PDT)

6

Screw ROKR.  Samsung has a 7MP camera phone… available in KOREA.  Why is the US still being flooded with this godawful VGA Flintstone tech?  Why can’t Moto produce a phone with a decent camera?  Why can’t Moto produce a phone with more than 1GB of storage?  Why can’t Moto produce a phone with wi-fi?  Oh, that’s right… because the mobile service providers want Moto to make a cheap piece of junk that they can give away with 2 year contracts.  So you mean to tell me I get a piece of crap phone AND I get to sit on hold for 45 minutes to dispute a BS 30 cent charge with no way to tell Cingular to shove their service where the sun doesn’t shine? (http://www.howardforums.com/archive/topic/651999-1.html)  What a deal!  And it isn’t like every other carrier isn’t going to do the same thing once you are locked into a contract.  No thanks, I’ll stick to the land line.  Call me on it when the hardware and the service doesn’t suck.

Posted by Anonymous Coward on September 26, 2005 at 10:32 PM (PDT)

7

When Jobs says things the fanboys defend them as jokes…“You don;t get Steve’s sense of humor.”  This guym though.  he has to be lying, right?

Fanboys.  What a treat.

Posted by stark23x on September 26, 2005 at 10:40 PM (PDT)

8

The guy was probably joking, but it still seems to be a bit of a harsh word for a CEO to spew out at a press conference.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 26, 2005 at 11:28 PM (PDT)

9

I really don’t get what people who don’t like Apple are doing around here… for example stark23x… you say that we are Apple fanboys just because we hammer a guy who makes a stupid remark? He is the CEO of Motorola!!! He is not supposed to make mistakes! And what he actually did was shove a big ol’ foot in Motorola’s mouth since he is its Chief Executive Officer. Don’t agree with me? I don’t think there are many other companies whos CEO’s go around “screwing” allies or even competitions products. Its just not a thing to do. And when Jobs makes a similar remark he usually makes a subtle one so as not to be something he can be sued for. If people at Apple were jumpy they could brake the alliance right now. Moto insulted Apple’s leading product!!! It’s like insulting your new born baby
Bottom line is there is no excuse for what this guy has done and what Moto’s spoke person did is just something that shows this even more.Thay know it was stupid and they want to save face.

Posted by Just me on September 27, 2005 at 12:32 AM (PDT)

10

Just Me-

Lighten up, buddy.  It’s not the end of the world.  Take some of that energy and direct it toward the biggest screw up in the country…our President George W. Bush.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 at 2:28 AM (PDT)

11

fanboys are usually the ones who make long comments that do not make any sense…
whew…what a waste of space..

Posted by iJay on September 27, 2005 at 2:36 AM (PDT)

12

Talking Madness is Talking Nonsense as usual.  Get a life already, dude.

Posted by The Raven on September 27, 2005 at 2:41 AM (PDT)

13

REALITY CHECK: iLounge is not the center of the universe, nor are its trollers as influential as we think we are.  Motorola and Zander have nothing to worry about in regards to what iLoungers feel about him.  Ultimately there are more Apple haters than there are lovers, so Zander’s personal stock probably went up in the rest of the tech world by saying ‘screw’ the Nano.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 at 2:46 AM (PDT)

14

Seems natural to be a little bitter when you get tooled by Jobs at the event that you thought was going to center around your crapola ROKR phone.

Realize, this was Zander’s chance to share the limelight with Jobs, THE corporate showman!  Instead he gets pantsed in public and kicked off stage when Jobs had enought of his garbage phone sucking the life out of the show and blows everyone away by revealing the Nano. 

Sucks to be him.

Posted by Takeo on September 27, 2005 at 3:55 AM (PDT)

15

Sorry ... the damage is done.

CEOs must be responsible and think carefully what they are saying even they claim its a ‘joke’ in the end. Look before you leap.

So Long, Moto.

Posted by Neil on September 27, 2005 at 6:22 AM (PDT)

16

Oh my God, Talking Madness, we actually AGREE on something. George W Bush—PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE.

Posted by Jack on September 27, 2005 at 9:14 AM (PDT)

17

Jack-

That’s good to hear.

Have a great day.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

18

I wasn’t exactly tripping out, you know. I just thought that maybe I could make a comment. If that isn’t ok then what can I do? But you can’t deny that a CEO is more than obliged to think before he talks, can you?

Posted by Just me on September 27, 2005 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

19

Just Me-

Speak your mind—that’s what I like about people on this board.

I just thought you were a little worked up considering all the exclamation marks you used in your post.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 at 2:41 PM (PDT)

20

Well, two days to “repeal” his comments…not fast enough. If he didn’t mean it, he shouldn’t have said it. Exactly, neal, look before you leap.

Posted by That Tall Dude on September 28, 2005 at 5:21 PM (PDT)

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