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MS pledges new iPod competitors

updated 09:15 am EST, Mon February 13, 2006

iPod competitors coming

Microsoft and its hardware partners will continue to challenge the dominance of the iPod by bringing new digital media devices the consumer market. Reuters reports that Chairman Bill Gates pledged to work with its hardware partners to develop new digital media products. "I don't think what's out on the market today is the final answer," Gates told a group of minority students. "Between us and our partners, you can expect some pretty hot products coming out over the next few years." Reuters reports that Gates "praised Apple's iTunes music store and said the software giant was talking with hardware partners to create media devices that can be less expensive and easier to connect and can handle pictures and video better." Gates also noted that the market share for Microsoft-comaptible digital music players is around 20 percent, a figure lower than he would like. The comments appear to discount rumors that Microsoft is considering releasing its own branded player.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bill Gates is a JOKE

    MS should start by finding its a** with its two hands first. The day Microsoft actually contributes something of value to the world is the day it SHUTS DOWN.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Talk is cheap. I'm going to invent a better airliner than either Boeing or Airbus. Normal people would ask me how. Why doesn't anyone ask Gates for details of exactly what he means by showing photos and videos better. How much easier can it to connect a device than it is to connect an iPod? Is he saying that they are going to invent a new wireless technology (because Bluetooth on a PC isn't as easy as on a Mac according to a friend who has both)? If an iPod is as simple as plugging it in, how will he make it easier than that?

    When you start to ask some basic questions, you see that he doesn't have any answers because he's talking about products that will be released in the next few years. IE some of them haven't even made it to the drawing board yet. He has no idea what he's talking about and it's as plain as the nose on his face but will the tech "journalists" see it this way? Of course not.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hey macnn

    think you can sqeeze any more ads on the friggin page???

  1. vickys_box

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is so 2001. October 2001 to be precise.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    20% Market Share?

    Seems awfully wishful thinking on Billy Goat's part.

    But since hot = cheap/inferior/bugridden in MSpeak, goatboy is probably going to capture 100% of that market. And won't he be proud!

  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where would they be...

    without the iPod?

    Maybe they are reverse engineering a "Steve Jobs" in their labs?

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To be precise,

    So, the goal is to attain market share? How about innovating, instead of trying to dominate a territory, as a business plan instead. How novel!

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not so fast

    I think Gates is talking out of his a** right now but I wouldn't rule out anything. His company isn't afraid of losing hundreds of millions to gain marketshare (xbox/xbox360) and can afford to take big chances.

    I can see how he would not be disclosing any details, why should he. Apple sure doesn't.

    I can see how Vista, Xbox 360 and whatever new MS Pod would work together to create some home meida experience. The Xbox 360 is a huge asset to them as well as their marketshare.

    I just hope Apple doesn't develope the same arrogance as some of the posters and that they keep innovating. They can't sit still and good for us, Jobs won't let them.

  1. anthology123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS logic

    Microsoft is in a tailspin with iPod because it goes against the grain of MS development. MS always starts off with a ill-conceived product at cheap prices. Windows 1.0 is a classic example. But Apple starts off from day one with a well-designed quality product at top dollar. And people liked it enough to buy it. MS probably can't figure out why. If they plan to upseat iPod, they can try, but I doubt they will. I would welcome any company to make a product as good as iPod and iTunes, bring it on!

  1. wmiro

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS/Dell partnership

    I suggest they team up with a successful company like Dell, who already know how to create a serious iPod killer

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