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Apple to \"take over\" with eventual movie service

updated 09:00 am EDT, Mon May 16, 2005

Apple movie service?

Robert Cringely sees a changing tech industry where "Apple while Yahoo threatens with a low-priced music subscription service and Google threatens to take control of, well, everything." Cringely predicts a new technology paradigm with the balance of power shifting away from Microsoft. Cringely looks at three "inflection points" after which "there is no going back." According to Cringely, inflection point number three comes from Apple, where it is "finally becoming clear just how the company is about to remake the music and movie businesses."

by MacNN Staff





  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I respect Cringely

    I have always enjoyed Cringely's articles.

  1. eddiecatflap

    Joined: Dec 1969


    apple rule ok !?

    i hope and pray that Apple utterly destroy microsoft and I have a feeling IT WILL HAPPEN !!


    oh joy !!!

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Being right isn't his jo

    The thing about pundits is they don't have anything on the line. All he needs to do is make his predictions big and entertaining and unlikely, and if they're right once in a while that's a bonus... because nobody's going to blame him for being wrong about something like this.

    Microsoft? Right now they're talking about cellphones, but they've blown the cellphone thing too many times for that to be anything but a distraction. No, I think they're planning on the Xbox 360 to turn the tide: wait until you can log in to Napster from your Xbox and stream subscription music 24/7, with the coolest visualizer ever as an "attract mode" on your TV... and in every Best Buy in the country...

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    resuna is correct, their domination plane is the x-crock. I'd put my money on that before anything cellphone related... there's just way too much competition there. But "home media center?" Not really... you see, home computers just don't have near the growth factor they did 5 years ago. And "growth" is where the money follows.

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All good pontifications.

    I agree with the previous estimations.

    It would be a bold move to sell the content, but _not_ sell the widgets (OK maybe one line.) Let the competitors eke it out in the low-margin, high-budget digital video device arena, and sell the videos.

    Brilliant. Sell the razorblades, let everyone else build the razors.

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