BusinessWeek: Apple + HP = iPod Forever

“Despite critics who decry Apple’s proprietary audio format, this deal shows that Steve Jobs’s digital-music strategy is a winner. […]

‘He was smart enough to go do something that was beneficial to the music industry in creating a paid environment that protects their interests. He’s pretty much golden in terms of getting deals with the labels,’ says Tim Bajarin, CEO of consultancy Creative Strategies. That Jobs could become the most powerful guy in digital music from a platform with a mere 5% or less of total market share is like Houdini pulling a Hummer out of his hat.”

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