Mix: Microsoft/Sony, U2, Rio Carbon Pearl, Gates

In an attempt to counter the runaway success of the iPod, Microsoft said this week that it may pursue an alliance with Sony.

In an Irish Times interview with U2 on its endorsement of the iPod, the band said Apple has “single-handedly saved the music industry.”

Rio this week announced the Carbon Pearl, a new version of its 5GB digital music player in a familiar white casing.
 
In an interview with CNET News.com, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates commented on the success of Apple’s iPod.

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