Sony and Apple?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    The latest print version of Business 2.0 offers an article about Sony's CEO Nobuyuki Idei.

    While it has appeared that Sony is positioning itself as a direct competitor with Apple, it appears the two companies are working together. According to Idei:

    Idei goes on to say that they would like to work more closely with Apple.
  2. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Re: Sony and Apple?

    who in his right mind wouldn't? ;)
  3. narco macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2003
    Nice. I would love to see them work more closely together. Sony has a lot of beautiful products-- it'd be nice to see what they can come up with collectively.
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Sony should ditch its Vaio line and join up with Apple.
  5. lindmar macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2003
    I SAY it again and again..
    Apple is taking over...
    They are going hard core these days!
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    This isn't first time they've worked together on something. Sony joined up with Apple and helped fine tune FireWire not too long before it was accepted as a standard.
  7. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2003
    two of the most creative companies out there working together is a very good thing, for both the mac and pc worlds.
  8. plasticparadox macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2003
    It would be great if they worked more closely together. Sony is a fantastic company and a brilliant innovator, much like Apple.

    If I had to use a PC, I would buy a Vaio.
  9. blueBomber macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2002
    Minneapolis, MN
    It's no small secret that Steve Jobs has always had a great deal of respect for Sony. I think it's going to be great if any products or services come from a combined effort of the two companies.
  10. SpY2K macrumors newbie


    Dec 10, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    bring on the Apple edition Sony Ericsson iPhone :cool: ... you know the new T630 is very Apple styled as is... think of the possibilities ;)
  11. mvc macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2003
    Yep, the two companies have a similar strategy - make stylish products for design sensitive people and charge a premium for them.

    But Sony hasn't been making as much money lately, wonder if they are going off the boil.
  12. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Sony is a good company.

    Too bad we don't have a weblink on this puppy.

    Maybe the phone is gonna use MPEG4 video support?

    Hmmmm... don't know, maybe.
  13. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Well this is good news. Even if we don't see Sony-Apple branded products, Sony's influence in the tech world would help us behind the scenes... Sony stereos that hook up to your network and communicate via rendezvous... Stuff like that...

    Lets hope this partnership stays fruitful, and doesn't turn sour...
  14. fatbarstard macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2003
    New Zealand
    Same theme as article in Fortune

    This article mirrors a very similar one in Fortune in the Feb 23 issue - shock horror aren't both mags owned by the same company?!?

    Anyway, it makes a whole boatload of sense for the two companies to work together - Jap efficiency and US innovation... makes a pretty formidable team

    the deal betwen HP and Apple over the iPod probably gives Apple the confidence to talk to other bigger players and helps validate to the bigger players that Apple is worth taking seriously....

    Now does this mean a takeover bid is in the air???
  15. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Sony should make PowerPCs that run OS X. That could put some serious heat on MS, and produce some reaally innovative products. Look what Sony did to the Palm Pilot. The Clie is a remarkable PDA.
  16. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Sony makes money on unit sales so they should not be faulted for selling PC crap to PC crap buyers. The fact they wear out, break, and become obsolete is a "sales feature" to Sony.

    Apple has cool tech that Sony does or should want in their throw away products.

    Yet another Tuesday has passed without a major hardware announcement
  17. michael666 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2003
    in front of a computer
    I wouldn't do it again. Besides my Mac, I'm using a VAIO laptop and it is just crap. I know, part of the blame has to go to Windows ME, but in combination the two crash more often than any other Windows machine I have ever seen or even heard of. Here in Japan, Sony's computers have the reputation of the most expensive crap on the market, and I fully agree with this.
  18. 0 and A ai macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2004
    I hope sony makes a home media player with rendezvous support of iphoto and itunes with aac decoding as well as decoding of itunes music store downloads.
  19. eclipse525 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2003
    USA, New York
    At first it sounds like a great idea of Sony and Apple getting together but for some reason I don't think it'll work. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the two do some amazing thing and being that Sony is HUGE worldwide that could benefit Apple big time. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if anything actually comes to fruition.

  20. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Whats even more remarkable is how so many companies are moving away from Microsoft/Windows. THAT's the trend I want to see ramp up.
  21. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    I agree that their VAIO computers are seriously lacking in the quality department. I love Sony, they have some really awesome products that generally last forever which is why I am generally loyal to them, but I have yet to see one of their computers come close to being stable or reliable.
  22. iAtom macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2003
    Massachusetts, US
    It's strange; if they have such a good relationship with Apple, how come the Clie PDAs don't come with Mac OS X support?
  23. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
  24. iomar macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
  25. sonyrules macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2001
    The user name says it all

    I agree on the computer front, I am a big Fan of there high end audio and high end video, Create it on a mac, play it on a Sony ES DVD player. No complaints here. But it would be nice to see the two create some technologys that blow the rest of the world away, cause both companies are known to do that.

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