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The \"new battle\" between Apple and MIcrosoft

updated 04:05 pm EST, Tue January 20, 2004

MS vs. Apple battle

USA Today posted a story on the "new" battle between over the online music market. "Microsoft lost the first round of the digital music war," says Phil Leigh, an analyst with research firm Inside Digital Media. Apple's iTunes software "was good enough to persuade (H-P) to switch. That's huge." Last year, Microsoft signed up company after company (including Wal-Mart, Musicmatch and Best Buy) to sell digital music in the Windows Media format. It clearly had the companies on its side -- even while Apple was winning the heart of consumers. "There's a lot of confusion about different formats," says Mike McGuire, analyst with research firm GartnerG2. "But the digital music business is so young right now, nothing's permanent." Interestingly, the article notes that there are 2 million iPods and 4 million portable devices that can play Windows Media (Dell, Creative Labs and Rio Audio)




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    woo!

    woo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    wma

    I keep saying and nobody is listening... Apple digging in it's heels and refusing to support wma/DRM format is going to be the eventual "relegation to niche" that plagues them in computer hardware. Supporting it sells more iPods and increases their marketshare. They say over and over they are NOT making money on iTMS... that it's only there to sell iPods.

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    WMA

    Usual M$ stuff - let's sign up all the corporate biggies (sign or we'll not give you our best stuff!)then tell the consumer what M$ thinks is best for them.

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    I feel nausious

    at the thought of the ignorance and plainness that windows users will just accept because they are spoon fed this diarhea of putridity and defective s***.

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    4 million WMA players

    I own one of those 4 million WMA players (a Rio flash player).

    I also own a 10GB G2 iPod.

    Guess which one sits in a drawer unused?

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    The big problem...

    is that WMA isn't as good as AAC, why should people feel pressured to use it? because a tiny niche in the online music market uses it? s**** that. The best players use the best format. Enjoy it.

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    4 mil? How many used?

    I have 2 WMA devices. Both aren't worth the power to blow them to h*** and have not been powered up in at least 2 years. I *think* my DVD player plays the WMA format also, never tried but it says WMA on the front. If they count those devices then the numbers aren't all telling. I'd bet most folks that purchased an iPod and didn't run over it with the car are still using them. :-)

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    4 million

    As soon as I saw that number I was thinking about how many are still being used.. I think that a lot of Windows devices are sold, but many are not used -- I know, because I bought one as a gift for someone that doesn't use it anymore.. the post above me confirms what I know to be true as well.

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    WMA?

    WHy would apple liscence WMA from microsoft instead of supporting open standards? Apple is all about open standards like MPEG family style product. MP3 b**** slapped M$ wma before, and its stilll doing it now. WHy wold soemone wantsome S***** wma that sounds like junk, and pay for M$ for using it? CMON NOW

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    Apple Rules...

    Microsoft fools...

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