updated 07:00 pm EST, Mon February 27, 2006
Apple/Disney merger redux
Despite rumors of a possible take over of Disney by Apple, fueled by an article at Barron's over the weekend, one Fool.com columnist believes that such a deal, while very attractive for each company, could put Apple in an awkward position with its other content partners, could be too much for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and would be anything but a match-made-in-heaven. "Disney hooking up with Apple would be an unmitigated disaster. Don't believe me? Let's look under the hood.... Apple needs to keep its relationships strong. That's best accomplished by not taking sides. Even though an easy argument can be made that the content providers need Apple more than Apple needs them, you just don't want to foster that kind of nepotistic environment. Jobs will sit on Disney's board after the Pixar deal is complete -- that's true -- but it doesn't tug on the financial heartstrings the way corporate ownership would."