Time Warner considers sale or spin-off of AOL

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    What, with the iTunes and iChat relationship Apple has with AOL, I'd love Apple to buy AOL if it is possible. Sneak in a name change to mean Apple OnLine :). Well actually America is quite apropriate with Sherlock, iPhoto and iTunes stuff still being US only :D

    Controlling the future of AIM could be a very useful adition to thr Apple portfolio. Now that AIM is AV compatible (or will be), it would make sense to change the interface to an iChat interface (boy is aim ugly) and build in support for the iSight. It would also allow them to add more features that they want to add to iChat/AIM, such as possibly voice over IP with SIP etc.

    With all AOL's subscribers, it would be a huge shop window for apples quilty software, and help create switchers. .Mac could be rolled into AOL as a free or low cost extra (probably mac only to encourage more switchers). Of couse dial-up sucks, so they'd have to promote AOL broadband more. Just imagine all them free AOL coasters you could get in your iSight and iPod boxes :D I bet apple could do a lot with the AOL only content it offers too and plenty of space to plug its wares cheaply. Just hope m$ nover buys aol and rolls it into MSN...that would be a bad thing....
  3. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    AOL is too big of a buisness for Apple to manage. Apple won't buy. But I do think that their relationship is an integral part of Apples "Grand Master Plan"...

    The whole AOL-TimeWarner thing, IMO, is rather humerous, though. Heh...
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
  5. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    So AOL and Time Warner merge...

    And then they are going to Sell AOL...


    Uhhhhh... morons? :eek:
  6. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    It's funny that every time a company is sold, someone says that Apple ought to buy it. It's not feasible. And it's not smart in this case--AOL would be a ton of bricks.

    If you've noticed, Apple tends to buy small, relatively-unheard-of companies in order to secure an individual product or technology and integrate it into its line. As others have said, AOL is far too large for Apple to handle and far too debt-laden for Apple to want.

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