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Microsoft's iPod users
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Posted on 02/03/2005 7:13:47 AM PST by N3WBI3

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1 posted on 02/03/2005 7:13:48 AM PST by N3WBI3
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bttt


2 posted on 02/03/2005 7:14:51 AM PST by stainlessbanner (Don't mess with old guys wearing overhauls.)
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I agree. A smart company is one that knows their competitors products.

nikos


3 posted on 02/03/2005 7:16:12 AM PST by nikos1121
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1) MP3 is the global standard. WMA is widely supported, but really of no use to anyone. What's an MS employee to do? Convert his/her whole collection?

2) If employees are "hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair," it only goes to show that the listeners actually enjoy listening to their music. The iPod earbuds are more a fashion statement than an audio accessory.


4 posted on 02/03/2005 7:18:04 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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Are iPods really that much better than the competitors?

My kid is researching this and wants to buy one (birthday and Christmas $ saved up). I have been encouraging him to consider one of the less expensive alternatives (he's 13).

5 posted on 02/03/2005 7:18:18 AM PST by PLK
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Here is an article with a link to the original report by Wired.
6 posted on 02/03/2005 7:18:24 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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Are iPods really that much better than the competitors?

Read the WIRED report. If a Microsoft executive has to send out memos to stop them, if the MS managers trash their other players to go iPod, there's something there.

7 posted on 02/03/2005 7:22:42 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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Here's a link to a photo of Bill Gates c.1983 (Corbis Photos, can't post it). If you look behind Gates, on his desk, you can clearly see a Macintosh computer. If he can do it...
8 posted on 02/03/2005 7:24:36 AM PST by IncPen ( When the liberals act like midgets, we can't help but look like giants... [ Q 1/20/05 ])
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I have one. They've got absolutely amazing sound, and the ease of use is unparalleled.

Personally, I wouldn't get anything else. My only suggestion would be that you get a carrying case, especially if you go for the traditional iPod and not the iPod Mini, since they are scratch magnets.

9 posted on 02/03/2005 7:25:36 AM PST by jude24 ("To go against conscience is neither right nor safe." - Martin Luther)
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I think its more usable, My wife still uses her 3 year old iPod and we have no plans to replace it any time soon. I bought a neuros and it lasted me a year..


10 posted on 02/03/2005 7:28:42 AM PST by N3WBI3
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I bought one a couple of weeks ago (iPod photo-60Gb), and am very pleased with it.

I'd been using Archos players since 2001. The iPod is very light, the sound quality is good, and the user interface is really nice. Can't compare it to the others, since I've not owned them.

I wasn't very pleased at having to use iTunes to upload tunes to it, but once you learn its ins and outs, it's a decent way to keep your collection synchronised. Also, I do miss the open-source nature of the OS I used on the Archos. The user interface is extremely responsive (no boot-up time to speak of). I love having album art displayed on its screen as I play.

The battery life is decent, not spectacular (I can get 13-15 hours on mine). For long haul flights etc., there's a gadget addon that gives 50hrs playtime which I intend to buy. Other things that irritate me is that there was no remote included with it.

I reckon I'd be almost as happy with one of the others: iRiver for example. Actually, I think that the Cowon M3 seems like a great one (but I couldn't find one where I'm living). I think many buy the iPod for the fashion appeal thing (I'm not fashionable, and the reason I'm listening to music on the street is to escape society!). When I was 13, I'd have insisted on having the iPod....

Andrew


11 posted on 02/03/2005 7:34:43 AM PST by Andy Ross
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But I see more of an opportunity than a problem. In fact, I would argue that Microsoft would make even better products if more employees used other vendors' goods. Microsoft developers and their hardware partners could learn lots from the iPodders and use that knowledge to improve PlaysForSure-logo products."

This and several other comments imply that MS gosh, golly, gee whiz, has never even thought about looking at other vendors and taking ideas from them. While everything comes from something, MS has built their entire corporation on lifting ideas, modifying them slightly, incorporating them into an efficient structure and squeezing out the original innovator. In this respect, they are very much like Coke and Pepsi, who seldom create a new soft drink concept, but use superior marketing to take over markets as soon as they become slightly mature. I'm not saying this to knock MS. If they hadn't taken the PC-Dos and turned it into MS-Dos, Apple's graphical interface, Lotus 123's spreadsheet, Wordperfect's word processor, Netscape's web browser, etc., worked on them, improved them and tied them to Windows, they would be a largely irrelevent company. Those waves were coming, and MS could either adapt to them or get washed away by them.

It's just funny to see these MS employees acting like it's never occured to them to take other people's products, study them, and produce their own product to try to take over the market. Can you say XBox?

12 posted on 02/03/2005 7:41:03 AM PST by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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employees are "hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair."

Or, perhaps, using their iPods effectively by swapping the bundled white headphones for a pair that doesn't suck.

13 posted on 02/03/2005 8:02:41 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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Didn't Microsoft buy apple stock back in 97'.


14 posted on 02/03/2005 8:26:25 AM PST by ocr1
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If someone wants to take my iPod, they'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers. Greatest thing since sliced bread (well, almost.) ;-)


15 posted on 02/03/2005 8:29:32 AM PST by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: July 4th
1) MP3 is the global standard. WMA is widely supported, but really of no use to anyone. What's an MS employee to do? Convert his/her whole collection?

The Creative Labs Nomad plays both MP3 and WMA and is half the price (with twice the disk space) of the over-priced disposable iPod. Problem solved.

16 posted on 02/03/2005 8:37:19 AM PST by Last Visible Dog
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(snip)Apple's co-founder and acting leader, Steve Jobs, announced the Microsoft deal on Wednesday at the MacWorld trade show in Boston. He said the companies would share technology and that Microsoft would invest $150 million in Apple, which helped popularize the personal computer but has suffered more than $1.6 billion in losses over the past 18 months(/snip)

That was in 97'. Here's the article Stock purchase

17 posted on 02/03/2005 8:38:30 AM PST by ocr1
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To: IncPen
Here's a link to a photo of Bill Gates c.1983 (Corbis Photos, can't post it). If you look behind Gates, on his desk, you can clearly see a Macintosh computer. If he can do it...

That would be rather amazing being that the Mac was released in 1984.

18 posted on 02/03/2005 8:41:04 AM PST by Last Visible Dog
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Are iPods really that much better than the competitors?

Maybe but do you want to have your entire music library locked into a proprietary system when MS and the other vendors relegate iPods to 3% of the market?

19 posted on 02/03/2005 8:42:29 AM PST by WildTurkey (When will CBS Retract and Apologize?)
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To: IncPen
Here's a link to a photo of Bill Gates c.1983 (Corbis Photos, can't post it). If you look behind Gates, on his desk, you can clearly see a Macintosh computer.

BTW: Microsoft is the number one provider of Macintosh software so I image there are quite a few Macintosh's on the Microsoft campus.

20 posted on 02/03/2005 8:44:05 AM PST by Last Visible Dog
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