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INTERVIEW: Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking Apple's iPod
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 12.05.05 - 23:34:26 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9285x
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Microsoft's Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking MP3s as the top choice of portable music player, and views the raging popularity of Apple's iPod player as unsustainable, he told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

"As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run," he said in an interview published on Thursday.

"You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strong in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphics user interface - like the iPod today - and then lost its position," Gates said.

Apple has around two thirds of the global market for MP3 music players, which store thousands of songs on pocket-sized disk drives or smaller flash memory chips, and sold more than 5 million iPods in the last quarter.

But it faces increasing competition not only from the likes of Sony, whose iconic Walkman dominated the personal audio market for two decades, but also from mobile-phone companies integrating MP3 players into handsets.

Partly in response to pressure from Apple, Microsoft is now positioning itself to be a key player in the growing market for digital movies, pictures and music and grow beyond its core Windows operating system business.

It is working with partners such as Samsung to provide its Windows Mobile Smartphone software to 40 handset makers (as announced earlier this week also).

"If you were to ask me which mobile device will take top place for listening to music, I'd bet on the mobile phone for sure," Gates told the newspaper.

In the United States, however, Microsoft Smartphones have been overshadowed by RIM's BlackBerry wireless E-Mail device, which has sold 3 million so far.

Gates said that Microsoft's rival Windows Mobile 5.0 - which will let E-Mails pop up on a user's phone as soon as they arrive, and which is expected to be running phones on the market in the next few months - would be cheaper.

"The BlackBerry is great but we're bringing a new approach," he said. "With BlackBerry you need to link to a separate server, and that costs extra. With us, the e-mail function will already be part of the server software."

"Therefore I'd venture the prediction that Microsoft will make wireless e-mail ubiquitous."

He admitted, however, that Microsoft had made mistakes in the past, for example with the first version of its XBox games console.

"The consumer is always unpredictable. In principle, you can only throw products onto the market and then learn from your mistakes," he said.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Onedutch on 13.05.05 - 00:00:38

"The consumer is always unpredictable. In principle, you can only throw products onto the market and then learn from your mistakes," he said.

They allway's do that, watch others making a success, build there own (version 1) buggy not intuitive.. But the second version is the same, and third is way better..

Vmware---Virtual PC
NES64---XBox (for a first game console they did pretty good big_smile )

In the shadow of all those products you can see that Bill Gates vision of 'Legal' content is build into all those products... Genuine and Trust Based Computing is his Ace.... When everybody is using microsoft products Bill will somewhere in time eliminate illegal content by askin a small fee for legal content of Pay per Use/Listen/Watch/Play .... and prohibit play of 'warez'

He is really smart and i think it is a good thing... (Sadly also I like to be BAD sometimes)

Regards Tom

Posted by hirsch on 17.05.05 - 18:17:22

Well , first of all it's important to get an attrractive competitor like apple.So for us customers we are happy to buy apple deviceslike the ipod.
The other point is, Microsoft has to improve his own devices or devices with microsoft's operating system to get the same success.

And a lot of people don't like Microsoft's devices, so they tbuy other devices like the ipod.
And i think in the next years it will be similar,if other companies discover new ip to dates-devies, they will be the succes once again.

best regards

Posted by micaels on 19.05.05 - 15:32:18

Personally I think that APPLE has to invent something new in the APPLE series because they have been riding sucess on basicly the same things for a long time.

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