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    All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

    From today's Automotive News:

    EDWARD LAPHAM COMMENTARY 5/13/05: iPod success gives Microsoft an opening
    In the world of personal computers, fans of Apple's Macintosh can be at odds with users of Microsoft's Windows over which system is better.

    It can be bitter.

    In the war of words, some Mac users like to taunt Windows users, especially about which system is better for graphics. Some even say the Windows operating system is a rip-off of Apple's Mac system.

    When it comes to cars, Microsoft is trying to piggyback on the success of Apple's iPod MP3 player.

    With more than 10 million iPods in circulation, more automakers are devising ways for car owners to use their iPods and other MP3 players on the road.

    Vehicles such as the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M Class have an optional iPod cradle that lets you plug your late-model iPod right into the car's infotainment system. But some consumers grumble that accommodating Apple's hot product isn't enough. They want the flexibility that Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows.

    So for cars that don't have dedicated iPod hardware, or for cars that need to offer more than just iPod, Microsoft is pitching its Windows Mobile for Automotive software and TBox computer as an alternative way to hook in.

    Here's the kicker: The Microsoft system has Bluetooth technology, which allows a lot more portable electronic components, telecommunications and navigational devices to connect to the car.

    That translates easily into a longer menu of possible driver distractions.

    Oh, goody. Just what we need.

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

    Microsoft is to Apples as the Corvette is to the 911.

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

    We'll see. Gates was recently quoted saying that in the long term, the cell phone will replace the iPod since even today, you can bring MP3 files with you on your phone but not 40Gb worth. Apple has done well to foster a strong developer community for the iPod (the same thing MS did in the 80's and 90's with hardware and software developers).

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

    Its not just about the 40gig worth of songs, its the whole elegant interface. The scroll wheel, the big screen, the sync, the iTunes software. There were plenty of mp3 players before and after the iPod, but its just a better product.

    Bill Gates just hates Jobs and Apple. Anyway that's like saying that camera phones will replace cameras. Not happening.

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

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    Texas911 said:
    Its not just about the 40gig worth of songs, its the whole elegant interface. The scroll wheel, the big screen, the sync, the iTunes software. There were plenty of mp3 players before and after the iPod, but its just a better product.

    Bill Gates just hates Jobs and Apple. Anyway that's like saying that camera phones will replace cameras. Not happening.



    Fair enough - as I said we'll see.
    I used to be a buyer for Staples and we sold lots of calculators even though there were other alternatives that did the same thing and and a lot more for the same price.

    Back in the dot-com internet boom, I remember a great quote from Rupert Murdoch who owns a lot of news media companies including Fox. A reporter said something to him like "Don't you think the Internet is a serious threat to your media empire?" to which Murdoch replied, "As long as there are toilets, there will be newspapers."

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

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    Jeff (in SF) said:
    to which Murdoch replied, "As long as there are toilets, there will be newspapers."



    Must have been said prior to notebooks with wireless network adapters

    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

    "As long as there are toilets..."


    "...there'll be programming on Fox, and one that's primarily suited to cross-market with all other News Corp owned distributions, which will be provided to you, our customer and highly-valued viewer, an NO COST, as strict courtesy from the family of Fox..."


    Re: All you ipod and mp3 fans should be interested in this...

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    Texas911 said:
    Microsoft is to Apples as the Corvette is to the 911.



    Are Corvettes that bad? I mean Microsoft is the worse.

     
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