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Dell CEO takes swipes at Apple

updated 08:40 am EDT, Mon July 24, 2006

Dell CEO talks Apple

In its annual shareholder meeting last Friday, Dell CEO Michael Dell took a few swipes at Apple, according to a new report. The CEO said that it has turned to MTV to help tackle Apple on the digital music front, but that Apple is not really a competitor in the PC market, despite recently posting nearly 16 percent growth in the US market, while Dell lagged behind at just over 6 percent growth. Answering a question on how he viewed competition from Apple, he replied: "Apple certainly has done a very nice job with their products. I think you're going to see a number of new, competitive dynamics in that market services. We've been working with MTV, which has a new service called Urge. That's an exciting space that Apple has done well in, but I would be surprised if they are able to maintain the share they have today over the next ten or 20 years. In terms of competition with Apple (in PCs), our share numbers speak for themselves. Apple is growing, but is still not in the top five in share for computers."

For the second quarter in 2006, Apple was the No. 4 PC vendor in terms of marketshare in US behind Dell (34.2%), HP (20.1%), and Gateway (6.5%). The comments follow an earnings warning issued by the company after it said that it faces earnings shortfall of nearly 33 percent for the second quarter, saying it expects a profit of between 21 cents and 23 cents per share--short of the 32 cents per share expected by analysts.

by MacNN Staff





  1. pjdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd be surprised too, considering in 20 years that it will probably be obsolete. Apple will be the leader in the next music revolution and Dull and Windoz will finally get caught up with the last. Pathetic!

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a sour pickle

    Way back in the day, Dell sold Apple's iPod. Now, it wants to get into the music player business only to find itself in competition with Microsoft. It must be tough to be Michael Dell.

  1. mexicali100

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Speaks for itself.

    Yes Mr. Dell, Your market share does speak for its self. Unfortunately, so does your marketshare trend, your earnings announcement, and the number of power supplies, motherboards, and ram chips I have to replace in your Optiplex line. Your comments are very sad and also speak for themselves.

  1. brlittle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just 1 way to say it...

    Michael Dell has, and I hate to use the phrase, the worst and most ill-concealed case of p**** envy in corporate America. If Apple is such a bit player, why does he constantly feel the need to denigrate them? If they're not a competitor, why bring them up at all?

    For better or worse, Dell obviously wishes he was Steve Jobs. Personally, I think it just galls the snot out of him that people don't adore their Dells the way they do their Macs. Perhaps if he made a more reliable product (and no, that's not a swipe...we install and service both brands, and the Dell service record is by far the worst).

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sour grapes

    AAPLs' market cap is eclipsing DELL

    The real news is Dells' are cheap and low margin boxes running outdated virus infected OS...

    what do you want to do today??

    I'm going sailing...

  1. chrisco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "the next 10-20 years"??

    Ten years from now?!? Give me a break. Don't even talk about twenty. Ten years ago Apple was still floundering and Steve Jobs was still with NeXT. It was only five years ago that the iPod was released. Maybe Michael Dell is avoiding talking about the next five years because he's been shown dire forecasts for the next five at Dell?

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    taking swipes how?

    Based purely on his quotes in this article, I would hardly call this 'taking swipes'. Sure, he may poo-poo iTunes and Mac marketshare, but he also compliments both with admissions of 'doing well' and Apple is growing', respectively.

    If you want to hear some swipes, have a look at some of the beauties that Larry Ellison or Scott McNealy have dropped. They make Mikey Dell look like the consumate professional by way of comparison.

    Still, it's nice to see the competition squirm a little.

  1. Rance

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think it's now officiall the "Michael Dell Reality Distortion Field"... sorry Steve, you've been bested.

  1. rspress

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple should be 3

    When was the last time Gateway made a profit? 2001? 2002?

  1. r00b69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    btw, M. Dell is only board chairman of dell now, not ceo. Anyway, I doubt Apple will maintain the share they have now as well, because it will double by that time -haha

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