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Jobs: MS may create its own MP3 player

updated 12:15 pm EST, Mon January 16, 2006

MS to take on iPod?

Hoping to keep its massive iPod marketshare and continue its dominance in the music industry, Apple is looking ahead at its possible competitors, which may include Microsoft, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In an interview with Newsweek, Jobs predicts that , saying that a unifying force may be necessary to take on the iPod/iTunes ecosystem: "The problem is, the PC model doesn't work in the consumer electronics industry, where you've got all these companies and some does one thing and another does another thing. It just doesn't work. What's going to happen is that Microsoft is going to have to get into the hardware business of making MP3 players. This year. X-player, or whatever," Jobs said in response to whether there were an "iPod-killers" that surfaced at last week's CES show in Las Vegas.




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  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good point...

    ...and he is right about that, that it would require a unifying force to provide an alternative. The saving grace her is that it would still be Microsoft, and thus their first 1-2 iterations of any such product will suck -- besides, they will effectively be killing all the other mp3 player products with their presence in that field (and that Jobs essentially just made sure that they do what he says by stating this publicly, and thus effectively killing the rest of his competitors)

  1. MacGeek50

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the idea

    would be for MS to sell MP3 players at a loss to make up the profit in the songs with a model similar to X-Box. Hmm! Maybe it would be Apple who does that because they sell the most songs.

    Anyway, it fits Microsoft's way of business.

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