Microsoft declares war on the iPod


devilot

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He also promised that by the spring 2006, "there will be a whole range of products that can compete with Apple in industrial design, usability, functionality and features."

Determined to make its Windows Media software a standard for digital media, Microsoft has begun working more closely with third party companies, including Creative Technology and others.

Apple holds 75 per cent of the music player market, transforming its QuickTime-based iTunes software into the de fact digital media standard, despite Microsoft's protests to the contrary.
I find it hard to believe that Microsoft will really be able to pull this off...
 

spaz

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devilot76 said:
I find it hard to believe that Microsoft will really be able to pull this off...
I find it hard to believe another "war" against the iPod is going to work. Wasn't "plays for sure" Microsoft's "war" against iPod? What about Creative waging "war" against iPod.

Granted, other manufacturers are getting a foothold, but how many "wars" are going to be waged against the iPod?
 

Some_Big_Spoon

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Well, as with everything Microsoft does, it'll come down to dubious legal tactics.

Watch for them strong-arming OEMs, suing OEMs, breaking compatibility with itunes/ipod, or just literally giving players away to anyone and everyone.

Microsoft's only strength is destroying choice, it's the only talent they have, and they'll resort to anything, and I mean anything to eliminate choice, because when people actually have a choice, they tend to leave mob control.
 

nagromme

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Spring 2006?

There is no WAY Apple has time to advance the iPod beyond where it is now in that amount of time! Look out, MS is coming! ;)
 

Sun Baked

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Creative's whine & pleas on the other end of the phone as they kept getting soundly spanked in the marketplace after declaring their war against the iPod.

Seems like Creative finally found out that they couldn't do it alone. :p

Of course now MS is going to be attacking not just Apple, but all the music companies when they launch their full frontal against their websites.
 

winmacguy

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Thinking about it from another angle, I would love to be working for one of the companies putting the ad campaign together :D :cool:
 

hob

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What is it with you Americans and your wars?

War on Drugs - Failed
War on Terror - ummm...
War in Iraq - Fiasco
War on iPod - It's gonna fail. I'll tell you why - ITS NOT MEANT TO BE A WAR! Apple got in on the sly... noone noticed them coming, and they had the superior product. It's too late Microsoft. Give up!
 

Lacero

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Even if Microsoft offered everyone a free MP3 player, I still wouldn't use it. Apple's stuff is so easy to use, I doubt Microsoft could come close.
 

SiliconAddict

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hob said:
What is it with you Americans and your wars?

War on Drugs - Failed
War on Terror - ummm...
War in Iraq - Fiasco
War on iPod - It's gonna fail. I'll tell you why - ITS NOT MEANT TO BE A WAR! Apple got in on the sly... noone noticed them coming, and they had the superior product. It's too late Microsoft. Give up!
Its the bigger dick policy in action. See George Carlin for further info on the subject. Sorry guys. I had to. :D
 

speleoterra

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They have ALOT of cash to do this though thats whats scary.
Just like they LOSE money for every Xbox purchased.

but MS has NO integrity for products,...do you think a
kid in high school is going to come around showing off his
MS product to his friends who are crowded around in a circle
Podding each other? They'll be like what the f'k is that man?, its not an iPod.
And if MS thinks they can just create a product for the purposes of competition they'll lose.
Apple created a system to a product, that's why it works. War over.
 

mrsebastian

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this sounds like some [bleep] i'd expect from drunk guy at the bar, talking out of his [bleep]. yeah sure longhorn/vista/whatever will come out, but it's looking more and more like a slightly better version of xp. as has been said, the only real way i can see m$ gaining substantial ground, is to through lots of money around. practically giving away music players and hoping they can sell music to recover some of the costs. this plan will of course continue the down fall of m$ in the long run, because in general people are still sick and tired of windows and m$.
 

Statik

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"there will be a whole range of products that can compete with Apple in industrial design, usability, functionality and features."

When is the xBox due for release again? I wouldn't put it past MS to tie their music store right into the ROM of every xbox sold, which of course would be iPod incompatible.

Nah... they'd never do something underhanded and anti-competitive like that... *rolls eyes*
 

.Andy

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The only way Microsoft could possibly do this is by following the x-box model. Practically give away their players whilst making a massive loss to obtain market-share. Then they'll have to start buying into the interests of the record companies and/or just buy up record companies where possible.

Even after doing this I highly doubt they'll ever be able to compete on ease of use and industrial design and function. Give me a break :rolleyes:.
 

otter-boy

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Creative -- America?

hob said:
What is it with you Americans and your wars?

War on Drugs - Failed
War on Terror - ummm...
War in Iraq - Fiasco
War on iPod - It's gonna fail. I'll tell you why - ITS NOT MEANT TO BE A WAR! Apple got in on the sly... noone noticed them coming, and they had the superior product. It's too late Microsoft. Give up!
Um, Creative is headquartered in Singapore, where CEO Sim Wong Hoo declared his "war" on the iPod last year.