“Samsung’s purchase of Harman is strategically sound, worth the $8 billion, and positions Samsung well in the connected car market,” Larry Dignan reports for ZDNet. “The deal makes so much sense you have to wonder why Apple didn’t buy Harman.”

“There has been an argument floated for months if not years that Apple should use some of its cash to acquire Harman. The crux of the case, outlined by Jim Cramer repeatedly, is that Apple could diversify and become the hub of the connected car,” Dignan reports. “Not surprisingly, Samsung basically took the same argument Apple would use for purchasing Harman and adopted it.”

“What’s telling in all of Samsung’s comments and slides about the Harman purchase is that you could easily do a global search and replace with the word “Apple” and the strategy makes sense,” Dignan reports. “Assuming Samsung doesn’t completely botch the Harman purchase, Apple may regret not beating its rival to the punch.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Larry, don’t you “worry,” Apple will be just fine, thanks.

Apple doesn’t need Harmon to get where they’re going (or they’d own Harmon already).

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