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Microsoft open to further iPod integration with XBox

updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon October 24, 2005

XBox 360, iPod

Microsoft vice president and XNA chief architect J Allard expressed in an interview with his hopes to be , such as Apple, when speaking about the XBox 360, and the ability to plug an iPod into the device. Allen said: "I'm pro consumer on this one to the end. Anybody in my company who thought this was a bad idea to plug in Sony or Apple devices into this thing, I ended that conversation pretty quickly. This is the right thing to do for consumers. Once they invest $500 in their digital media library, you can't ask them to go buy a 360 music player and a 360 digital camera, and a 360... NO! They got their stuff. They're going to want to plug it in. We're going to be open here, guys. And if anything, I wish we could be more cooperative with the other companies that are doing those things. And if Sony or Apple were to call me up and say, "hey, we want to [do] some special things with the 360," i'm on it. I think it would not be in anybody's interest to say, we're not going to work with 360. It's good for them, it's good for us, and it's good for consumers."

by MacNN Staff





  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds good to me.

    Unless anybody has a better idea...

  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I did I just wake up in an alternate universe? Microsoft saying they want to be OPEN about a product? Cooperate with other vendors? I'm flabbergasted.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Beware the serpent

    Don't help Microsoft, Apple. They just want to get the inside dope on iPod tech so that they can copy it and sell their own turdly knock-off.

    Please remember that M$ was the company that frowned upon employees using iPods on their Redmond Campus. They went as far as to hint at reprimand in a memo.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If this is true...

    If their intentions are to help the consumer than Apple could learn a thing when it comes to licensing their iTunes music so it can play on other devices.

  1. babble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No, no and no.

    This is MS. No cooporation. Never.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    > If their intentions are to help the consumer (...)

    Clearly, you're not from around here, and apparently you live on a different planet.

    Even remotely considering that Microsoft's intentions are to help the consumer is a funny concept.

  1. torifile

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Umm. This is transparent

    This is obviously a way for MS to say "SEE!! Apple doesn't want to work with US! We're not the bad guys here! Apple's not open. Their iPod is proprietary."

    It's a veiled attempt to discredit Apple in the PR wars. Plain and simple. Apple should call their bluff and let them put iTunes on the 360.

  1. iFrankie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not Microsoft

    The XBOX division isn't really Microsoft.

    Bill Gates gave the XBOX division more power and free reign than any other department.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All he said was...

    ...that you can plug an iPod in and play music. Big deal. There are a lot of 3rd party iPod accessories that can do that. It's not like they need Apple's permission...once they pay the docking connector license fee that is! :) It's not as if he said that you'd be able to sync anything, buy music, etc. Now, streaming music over my network from a Mac or PC holding my iTunes library would be nice. But there's other tools out there (SoundBridge) that do that already, too.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    h*** Freezes AGAIN!

    Well, well, well... What a twist!

    We finally see the day where Microsoft comes sucking up to Apple!

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