Apple and Microsoft,Sony,Motorola

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by eric55lv, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. eric55lv Guest


    Aug 5, 2007
    Las Vegas,NV
    Do you think Apple should buy Microsoft,Sony and Motorola because:
    1.They are all competitors
    2.They can phoase out Windows
    3.Moto makes cool phones
    4.iPod lineup can grow by adding Sony mp3 players
  2. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
  3. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    1. ummm IMHO ipods are better then anything sony is making now.
    2. where is this mystical billions of dollars coming from? to my knowledge there is know way they could buy any one of those
    3. microsoft will end up splitting up into a bunch of sub companies once gates retires at this rate.
    4. I second the comment above me :D
  4. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Motorola, Microsoft, and Sony are involved in MUCH MUCH more industries than Apple. Mobile phones, televisions, and Windows don't even scratch the surface of what Motorola, Sony, and Microsoft do.

    Also, as someone above pointed out, Apple could only buy these using real world currency, not mystical cyber dollars. :p

    I think I'll find the Lochness monster in my bathtub before any of those four purchase another...
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Every company that you named has serious problems, which Apple would inherit if it bought them. Microsoft has antitrust issues. The company lamda'd back in 1999. Sony is a company who reputation greatly exceeds its size. Motorola is also having major problems. OTOH, Apple is doing incredibly well. If it wants to continue to do well, then it will not even consider your suggestion.
  6. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I'll address your question in two ways: first addressing its possibilities, and then its merit.

    Now, Apple is doing well, but it has nowhere near enough cash to buy Microsoft. We're talking about a company that is one of the largest non-oil companies around (the only two larger non-oil companies I can think of are GE and Citi). Simply put, Apple would have to somehow grow its own cash in order for this to happen, and that simply is not going to happen. Motorolla and Sony are still possible, but not likely because of the next question: the merits.

    Now, your question asks if buying out the three mentioned companies would be a good idea because they are competitors. However, this isn't true in every aspect of their respective businesses. For example, while Microsoft and Apple compete on the OS front, they do not fight on the hardware front (with the minor exception of the Zune, which isn't really a viable threat to the iPod line right now).

    Now, aside from this fact, buying out these companies would involve taking their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Motorolla, which was doing well when the RAZR craze hit, is now doing horribly. Its CEO recently announced his resignation, and the company is having trouble competing in the mobile phone industry because it was too aggressive in slashing its prices.

    So, the short answer to your question is, NO, I don't think that buying out those companies would be a good idea. :p;)

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