updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu January 6, 2005
Apple has had 3 hits
Discussing the success of the iPod, Microsoft's Bill Gates said that Apple has done what many companies have been unable to do: "They had a hit with the Apple II, they had a hit with the Macintosh, and they have a hit with the iPod, so , and that's very impressive. There are a lot of companies that don't have three hits. And in the same way that Macintosh helped get people exposed to the graphical user interface, the iPod is doing a great job getting people to think about digital music." However, Gates was convinced that the market would continue to evolve as there was more competition: "In the long run, there will be a lot of people making digital music players, and we think that there will be a very different market share with dozens and dozens of companies. And other than Apple, all those player makers are signing up to work inside the Windows PlaysForSure ecosystem."