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Real’s Rob Glaser: Apple’s Steve Jobs is ‘pigheaded’

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2005
News Categories: iPod

RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said yesterday that Apple’s refusal to make the iPod compatible with other digital music stores besides iTunes was “pig-headedness” on the part of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Glaser also said that Apple’s closed system promotes piracy of copyrighted music.

“We think Apple Computer, and Steve personally, are making a mistake by making the software proprietary,” Glaser said at the Digital Living Conference in San Francisco, noting that RealNetworks would continue catering to Mac users. “There’s no reason we should penalize Apple customers for Steve’s pigheadeness.”

“Steve makes for a good pinata because he’s taken a position against interoperability,” Glaser said. The music industry “should be pressuring him to change because they have leverage over him. Apple being on its own in term of interoperability makes piracy more compelling for consumers. Because, hey, if I take all my MP3s from this illegal site or that illegal site, they’ll work on the iPod or anything else. Whereas if I buy them legitimately, they’ll only work at one place.”

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21

I wonder if Rob Glasner salivated when he called Jobs “pig-headed” thinking he smelled bacon.

Posted by John Cruz on December 6, 2005 at 7:03 PM (PDT)

22

I apologize if you can’t tell the difference in the sound quality of 128Kbps and 192Kbps audio files.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on December 6, 2005 at 8:50 PM (PDT)

23

iPod owners are NOT even a bit more cultured. Get the hell over yourself Carson. It’s a freaking music player.

Raven plenty of folks can hear the difference & care. If iTunes is going to make you pay & limit your use of YOUR music then they could atleast make it better quality. That’s why I refuse to buy iTunes.

Posted by I Luv My Pod on December 6, 2005 at 9:02 PM (PDT)

24

Rob Glaser, get a life and a clue. The iPod doesn’t need to be compatible to your stupid music store. The iTMS is much better anyway.

ILuvMyPod: Once again, you show your idiocy. When you claim you can hear a “difference,” you’re not hearing a difference. That hollow sound that you claim to hear when you listen to music from the iTMS (and it’s also there when you and others like you listen to just about any other music on ANY other player) is the wind going through one of your ears into your hollow head and out the other one. The iTMS RULES. Period. END OF STORY.

And to the moderators: You’ll NEVER get rid of me. So stop trying. Deal with it.

Posted by Jack on December 6, 2005 at 9:55 PM (PDT)

25

The problem with Rob Glasser is that because *HIS* DRM wouldn’t sell, he wants in on the ONLY one that is selling so him calling anyone is a pig is literally ... well, you can finish the sentence.

Look at the numbers. So far REAL has the best ‘music’ quarter - TOTAL REVENUE - $25 MILLION - not profits - gross revenue. Real settled for $700 million ($400 in MS banner ads - bwahahaha) - that’s 3 times as much money as Roxio had to launch Napster 2.0 who is still running a distant second and losing money every quarter. So, by this time next year, Real will be out of the cash and his stockholders will wonder what happened.

And of course, on the day before the itunes NBC announcement, about 2 actual consumers will remember what he said. And next time he opens to speak, Apple will have signed a deal with Fox or ESPN.

What’s more enticing - 4-5 thousand videos to choose from or paying $12 a month to play DJ for music you like enough to listen to but not to own? (plus having to shell out $200 for a NON IPOD player) ...

And of course, calling Steve Jobs a ‘pig’ is a very smart business move as he’s going to need a job in a year ... that’s the right way to start your job hunt.

Posted by jbelkin on December 7, 2005 at 12:14 AM (PDT)

26

I have had dealings with Real and have come to realize that it is not a legitimate business. Not only do they offer an inferior product, but they use the internet to avoid and decieve people about the product or services. The whole outfit is a scam and belongs under the catergory of “internet fraud”.

Posted by Charles Sykes on December 20, 2005 at 4:55 PM (PDT)

27

I also had fraudulent charges from RealNetworks on my credit card statement. Never received serviced or authorized those charges. $14.99 and $9.99.  Never was and never will be a realnetworks user. 
Apple has honest and far superior products and amazing customer service. No brainer.
Down goes Glaser,Down goes Glaser!

Posted by Realnetworks nonuser on January 13, 2008 at 4:32 AM (PDT)

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