Bruce Springsteen names Bill Gates as maker of iPod

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by webstershamm, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. webstershamm macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2005
    Did any one see the 2005 rock and roll hall of fame induction show?
    bruce springsteen inducted U2. in his speech he mentioned how he wants
    a deal like U2 got for the iPod. how he told his manager to get a hold of bill gates to make a red,white, and blue iPod for him.
    Now do all of you think he owes a public applogiy to steve jobs.
  2. kettle macrumors 65816


    May 12, 2002
    England, Great Britain (Airstrip One)
    I'm not sure how terrible Steve Jobs thinks Mr Springsteen's music is.

    Maybe he owes us all an apology?

    I think a red white and blue iPod would be great, especially if was using the Union Flag.
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    It's just a matter of distance from the subject. If you don't really care all that much, Gates and Jobs are pretty much two interchangable peas in a pod, so to speak.
  4. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  5. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Well this shows how much people know about apple.

    Computer so called "experts" have no clue about apple either and say "carp, they can't do this and that"

    Well we need more comercials :D
  6. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
  7. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    springsteen iPod would be awesome!

    I would buy a Springsteen iPod in a second. Right now, I am playing my iTunes playlist of over 300 Bruce songs. In fact, my 1 GB Shuffle is completely full of only Springsteen songs.

    So what if he said "Bill Gates"? I love Apple and have been using Apple machines for approximately 20 years, but I recognize that most people wouldn't know Bill Gates apart from Steve Jobs or from Adam or the man-on-the-street, etc. To the average person, these technology gurus are all the same (unfortunately).

    If Springsteen wants a red-white-and-blue iPod, I hope Apple makes one. That would be too cool. I would probably buy one for me, one for my wife, and one for my son. Put 3 on order for me! ha ha I would love that. Whew.

    OK, I will calm down now.
  8. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Springsteen at a John Kerry rally last fall: "It's great to be here in support of Mike Dukakis!" ;)
  9. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    Springsteen and Kerry

    That was a funny picture--imagine Springsteen mistaking Kerry for Dukakis! LOL

    I really enjoyed watching Springsteen tour with Kerry during the election.

    No matter who you voted for in the election, I think most people could admit that it is pretty cool that Springsteen (a huge rock star and a real American icon) was touring with Kerry. That was really special. Springsteen wants to see lots of young people voting. I like that a lot.
  10. RBMaraman macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    Actually, his exact quote was "Call up Bill Gates or whoever makes this iPod thing and pitch a red, white and blue iPod signed by Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen."

    When he said Bill Gates, you could hear people laughing, most likely because they know it's actually Jobs.
  11. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Or anything for that matter. My theory is that the more of a pop culture icon/celebrity someone happens to be, the stupider they are. Not always true, I know, but a good rule of thumb.

    Maybe Steve should go out and say how he really likes that "Born in the USA" song, and then attribute it to someone other than Bruce.
  12. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    lol, now that would be awesome :D
  13. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    On TV they show the show - when they show it again, they should put an overdub, like this:

    "Call up Last name Jobs, First Name Steveor whoever makes this iPod thing and pitch a red, white and blue iPod signed by Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen"
  14. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas


    Something along the lines of "I love that song *Born in the USA* by that English chap - what's his name - oh yes, Elton John" ;)
  15. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Bruce Springsteen = Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in Bull Durham:

    "Honey, would you rather I were making love to him using your name, or making love to you using his name?"

    Would you rather that Bill Gates was the man behind the iPod, or that Steve Jobs was the man behind the iPod and Brucey just got the name wrong? :p
  16. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    What makes Springsteen an "American icon"- Unfortunately that whole concert series had little effect on young people voting- it's a shame, but what are ya' gonna do- I applaud the effort though- I think if they tried it again with less of an agenda and more of a focus on just voting it could have some effect- but you never know- anyway, enough about politics...

    Honestly, to me, Springsteen is like the Outback Steakhouses' success; I just don't get it, the Outback serves grilled meat in a contrived environment- yet people wait in line for hours to go there- Bruce isn't a very good guitar player, doesn't really sing all that great, and really isn't as good of a songwriter as he gets credit for (Born To Run is a great album but most of the others are average), yet people consider him an icon-...I'm not knocking you for digging Bruce, I admit I've got all of his albums because my wife's a big fan- I'm just saying I don't see what the big deal about him is- ever since he stopped putting on those 4 hour shows in which they carried him off the stage I've always considered him to be way overrated... That's just my opinion though...
  17. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes, I don't get it...

    His answer does lead me to believe he wouldn't get very far as a contestant on Jeopardy or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

    But it does prove that anybody with a superb agent can take anybody with the cranial capacity of a redneck with a case of beer in his belly, a blow torch in his hand, and a lift kit waiting to be installed -- and lift them up to the stars, if they don't get taken out by the first low lying tree branch they come across.
  18. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Play"Free Bird" :p

    The thing about Bruce is that he is an average joe that sings about the common man, His voice is raspy but thats why people like him.
  19. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    I know that many folks believe Springsteen is simply overrated. It is hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Born to Run was recorded.

    I admire Bruce most-of-all for his songwriting, both the words and the music too. His voice is raspy, and his guitar playing is average, I guess, but that's OK.... (He plays guitar and sings a lot better than I do, of course!)

    He just writes great songs about average folks, so average folks like myself can identify them. I know he is a multimillionaire, so it surprises me that his songs about common folks are so good. He just has a knack for songwriting, I guess.

    Anyway, bring on the red-white-and-blue iPod! :) That would be fun.
  20. deanbo macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Bruce gets it wrong!

    I like that idea. Thank Rod Stewart or Barry Manilow for "born in the USA".
  21. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    iPod: Nationalist Edition

    I know Apple has more sense than to stick the American flag on the iPod. That is the kind of blatant nationalism that will turn off a lot of people in the non-America parts of the world.

    If you want to show the world what a good American you are then you could engrave 'Mission Accomplished!' at the back of your new iPod.
  22. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    Yeah, I guess that's true: An iPod that is colored with red-white-and-blue would definitely offend a lot of folks from other countries. Apple should make its customers all over the world happy, if it wants the iPod to be a worldwide hit.

    So maybe Bruce's idea for an American-color iPod was a bad idea for Apple after all.

    Maybe I'll just get something like "This iPod was Born to Run" engraved on my next iPod instead.
  23. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes
    What if Apple did make a small number of limited edition r/w/b iPods exclusively for U.S. customers? If the normal white iPod is available to everyone in the world, why get offended? It's not like a r/w/b iPod would be the only choice for everyone in the world. :rolleyes:

    Personally speaking, I do not think Apple should make something like a r/w/b pod, but I say this due to non-political reasons in mind.

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