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Gates says Apple shouldn\'t get too comfortable

updated 11:50 am EDT, Thu May 12, 2005

Gates on iPod success

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says that " atop the portable music playing world," according to The Associated Press. In an interview published Thursday, Gates said "I don't think the success of the iPod can continue in the long term, however good Apple may be....I think you can draw parallels here with the computer -- here, too, Apple was once extremely strong with its Macintosh and graphic user interface, like with the iPod today, and then lost its position." The interview was published in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

by MacNN Staff





  1. oldmachead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gates on the iPod/Apple

    Pity that he has to try and knock the competition. I guess he has nothing to offer that can challenge the competition, so he has to stoop to knocking it.

    He should stick with what he knows best - using other's ideas to produce poor copies.

    'nuff said ...

  1. trenchcoat77

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same 'ol, same 'ol

    More FUD from Bill. Is that all he has anymore?

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agreeg with Gates...

    Apple must continue to improve the iPod and reduce costs so to STAY on top. The iPod is great. It has to stay great to stay on top.

    It all makes sense. It's just that Gates says that Apple is on top not because they are the best, but because they are the first to be halfway good. This is not true. They are the best.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac was never this high

    The Mac even in its heyday never got numbers like 60,70,80% marketshare.

    So yeah, Gates is right, Apple shouldn't get too comfortable, but I think they're still innovating, with little inklings like video in iTunes and potentially in future iPods.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good enough for the un...

    The c*** Bill makes is good enough for the unwashed masses. They don't know any better. When they want advice, they go their geeky pc friend who is anti mac and tells them the glorious accomplishments of Bill & Friends.

    I feel sorry for them. They will never know the joy and pleasure of a mac they are missing out on. They will have a life filled with viruses and spyware.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree completely.

    Anything can be lost, so Apple has to be careful to continue to innovate and respond to changing demands. If that means changing a core aspect of the iPod, like allowing WMA, then so be it. If it means licensing it to more companies, so it goes.

    Most importantly, they need to keep it fresh while keeping affordable options on the market. I can, for instance, imagine an iPod Video that is basically all screen and allows you to watch movies downloaded from the iTunes Movie Store.

    But I digress. The point is that I can completely imagine a situation where we fondly remember the glory days of the iPod before the WMAPods took over.

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Definition of 'lost'

    I like the way gates uses the word 'lost' to mean "our illegal monopoly crushed them - they don't have a chance"

  1. budster101

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is like saying 35,000,000 Christians can't be wrong....because they own the religion marketshare. What an idiot.

    When one has to knock the competition, you know what happens? Everyone goes over to find out why he is knocking it... It's a marketing fact.

    Never ever knock the competition. What one should do is this.

    They are great!!! but we are better.

    What a jerk.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969



    trenchcoat77 said: "More FUD from Bill. Is that all he has anymore?"

    That's all he's EVER had. Did pretty darn well with it, though.

  1. actroutt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    fad schmad

    Even if it is just a fad, so what? - the ipod has been around for almost 4 years already. Lets say it can sustain its market for another 3. That's 7 years of market dominance - not bad for consumer electronic device.

    By the time the walkman was 4 years old, there we tons of copycat products doing decently in the market. this hasn't happened with the ipod. tons of ipod "killers" have hit the market, but name one that has really stuck. so apple controls about 70% of the total MP3 player market - if you include flash players. That means all the other devices(hundred of competing devices?) are slicing up the 30% of the pie that is left. no one is even close to the ipod. that's not a fad, that's market dominance. Market dominance is much different that fads. fads are fickle. market dominance takes forever to erode. Bill should look at his own products - windows, office, IE, etc. all are market dominators and it'll be forever before we're rid of them.

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