latest on microsoft’s alleged ipod killer

06/18/06 at 7:52 am | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

So, did Microsoft announce Bill Gates' decision to step down two years from now to distract attention from the music and video device the software giant is allegedly developing to compete against the iPod?

Talk about a conspiracy theory, huh, heh.

You can read Digital Journal's take on this supposed Microsoft bid for an iTunes-like service and iPod-like device, and why it would be foolish to dismiss Microsoft's attempt if it's true. It was Reuters which filed a report based on assertions by "sources familiar with the plans." Microsoft has declined to comment.

Digital Journal earlier filed a post on a report that Microsoft and an alliance of eight companies in Japan are preparing to launch a Windows Media Player-based iPod killer.

If the reports are true, it would be interesting to see what would happen to Microsoft's partnerships with other music download services such as MTV's URGE.

And the funny thing about these reports that keep talking about Microsoft launching an "iTunes-like service" is that they don't mention that the software giant does have an online music store, MSN Music, which has been around for two years and is integrated with Windows Media Player 10. The difference with iTunes is that you don't need to download a separate program to access the online store. So maybe that's what these reports are referring to, that Microsoft will release a separate music download program, but right now they're unclear about what they mean by an iTunes-like service.

If it's true that Microsoft will launch its own version of the iPod video, isn't it funny that the software giant is becoming more and more of a hardware company?


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