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Report: Microsoft readying iPod rival, music service

Microsoft is said to be readying a handehld device and music service to compete with the iPod and iTunes Music Store. Following similar claims earlier this year, Reuters reports that the software giant has been privately demonstrating an entertainment device that plays videos and music. Microsoft has also reportedly held discussions with the music industry about licensing music for its own download service. A BusinessWeek report in January said Microsoft was “mulling its own digital device that adds gaming to music and video, in an effort to compete with Apple’s iPod empire.” The company was said to have reorganized its home entertainment and Xbox groups to better plan the device. In March, the Mercury News also reported that Microsoft was planning such a device.

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1

Apple surely isn’t worried about competition from a company that to date hasn’t produced anything that isn’t a complete P.O.S.  The only thing MS has shown us it is capable of doing is making poor copies of other’s work.  No wonder Bill is deserting something that amounts to nothing more than a corporate stain.

Posted by TerpsFreak on June 16, 2006 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

2

Good luck Microsoft. You don’t stand a chance.

Posted by Future Mac Genius on June 16, 2006 at 8:26 AM (PDT)

3

Here we go again. Give it UP already!

Posted by ahMEmon on June 16, 2006 at 8:34 AM (PDT)

4

Give what up exactly?

Do you mean the baseless speculation of the rumour rags? Or are you actually of the opinion that Microsoft ever did more than fire a shot across the bow in this market.

Microsoft has yet to bring a hardware product to the market and, while not as successful as iTunes, their WMA-DRM technologies are widely used and much more successful than Macs as a percentage of the market.

Until they do bring an actual product to market, it can hardly be said they’ve failed against the iPod (and until they actually confirm these stories, nothing substantive can be said at all).

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on June 16, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

5

apple fanbois at it again =\
i am really waiting for the Toshiba gigabeat S.

Posted by slayer on June 16, 2006 at 9:15 AM (PDT)

6

I see you’re still dishing out the blather, Code Monkey.  Well, at least you’re consistent.

Posted by The Raven on June 16, 2006 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

7

I’m about ready to shove these ‘analysts’ off a damn cliff…...

Posted by Huskerz85 on June 16, 2006 at 10:21 AM (PDT)

8

Agreed Huskerz.

Posted by Future Mac Genius on June 16, 2006 at 10:27 AM (PDT)

9

“I see you’re still dishing out the blather, Code Monkey.  Well, at least you’re consistent.”

Consistent? I keep my head grounded in empirical facts and base my conclusions off of those.

Everybody on the Apple/Mac side of the fence wants to imagine there’s been this huge battle, and the truth is that although you can go pull out all your headlines again, there hasn’t been so much as a scuffle. Lots and lots of hyperbolic headlines grounded in nothing, but no actual competition.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on June 16, 2006 at 10:53 AM (PDT)

10

microsoft not successful??

they sell more computers than apple! Xbox .. Xbox 360 ... what more do you guys want?

Posted by sam on June 16, 2006 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

11

Microsoft sell computers?

Posted by Vinceee on June 16, 2006 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

12

honestly, i hope microsoft’s new device kicks ### so that apple can have a competent competetor. I love my ipod, but it ain’t perfect

Posted by QWER on June 16, 2006 at 1:08 PM (PDT)

13

Good luck with that Microsoft. Good luck to any company that thinks it’s going to beat the iPod.

Posted by joe on June 16, 2006 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

14

Well one thing is, MS has deserted their partners.  Again.  Remember Dreamcast powered by Windows CE?

So Creative, iRiver, etc. which use Windows DRM now find their software supplier is now a competitor.

They just launched Urge like last month and now their service is going to emphasize downloads instead of subscriptions.  Hey MTV, your partner MS is coming out with a new music store to compete with Urge.

Well this new player and service is being developed under the leadership of Robbie Bach.  MS has shown they’re willing to lose billions to get into a market with a very successful competitor.

Good thing they have Windows and Office.

Posted by wco81 in West Coast on June 16, 2006 at 4:31 PM (PDT)

15

QWER has the correct attitude.  Apple will continue to innovate only as long as active competitors exist.  Say what you will, MS’s entry into the music service/device market would only help the consumer including IPOD owners.

Posted by Tbsteph on June 16, 2006 at 4:33 PM (PDT)

16

While competition definitely spurs on technology, Apple has already proven that they’re ready to innovate regardless.

The iPod Nano replaced the iPod Mini while the Mini was still at the top of its game. Apple could have easily rested on their laurels for a while, but they didn’t. Moreso than most companies, Apple pushes itself to high standards.

Having said that, I’m all for quality competition. Provided Microsoft doesn’t doom itself by making the same mistakes that every other laughable iPod Killer has made. (“More features must make it better!”)

Posted by BJ Nemeth on June 16, 2006 at 5:18 PM (PDT)

17

Give WHAT up you ask?

How often do we hear of the next iPod killer? Like at least once every week? How many have successfully taken on the iPod and won? Or at least made enough of an impression?

(crickets chirping)

Now I am all for competition, because as good as the iPod is, it’s NOT the best it could be. I would dump my iPod in a heartbeat if there was something else offered by someone else that could match the whole iTunes/iPod experience.

Now, how many other DAPs can make this claim?

(more crickets chirping)

So I guess I’ll be sticking with my iPod for quite some time then, eh?

Posted by ahMEmon on June 16, 2006 at 5:49 PM (PDT)

18

Everyone laughed at MS when they ventured into video gaming. Sega laughed, Nintendo laughed and Sony laughed. Now MS is laughing as both Sega and Nintendo are dying and the giants are now Xbox and Playstation. Whether you like MS or not, they have very deep pockets and the time and energy to slowly takeover another industry.

Posted by Chris J on June 16, 2006 at 6:45 PM (PDT)

19

Chris J:  Sega is doing fine…they don’t make Hardware anymore….Nintendo dying?  They’re about to stage a comeback with the Wii, and the DS is doing very well (See stock price:  http://www.adrbny.com/dr_profile.jsp?cusip=654445303).

Now granted, XBOX came in and basically caused the market to upchuck.  But look at the 360.  Innovative? No.  Cool Games?  Not really (Halo 3?? Still not out, and why can’t we move on???).  It’s not dead in the water by any means, but it certainly isn’t the blockbuster MS wants it to be.

I agree with your point that MS could spend a LOT of money and possibly bring a good product to market. But they said they would do this three years ago, too…I’ll believe it when I see it…

Posted by Cameron T. on June 16, 2006 at 9:15 PM (PDT)

20

Um… SEGA was one of the first companies to even dedicate some serious developement into Xbox games. Panzer Dragoon Orta? Jet Set Radio Future? Among others, Xbox seemed to get the best SEGA games on it.

Someones been drinking a little too much kool aid.

Posted by Llydis on June 17, 2006 at 9:54 AM (PDT)

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