Microsoft unhappy with HP, Apple music pact; says deal will ‘limit choice’

“HP’s move to release an own-branded digital-music player based on Apple’s iPod


  1. Let’s see, Dell and Microsoft angry over the Apple/HP announcement? I’d have never guessed. “Windows is about choice…”, that’s a good one. Reminds me of Ford. “You can choose any format you like as long as it’s WMA”. What a joke. The thing is, the consumers have already chosen. They chose the iPod, and iTMS. That’s *WHY* HP partnered with Apple! Duh!

  2. “Over time, however, customers will want industry standard choices.”

    Last time I checked, AAC “IS” an industry standard. WMA is not. They know not what they speak.

    This type of press is indicative of ONE THING – they’re worried.

  3. Yep, I’m sorry to say that this time, the “industry standard choice” is Apple and the iTMS, not you guys… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. How is HP making a mistake by going with the industry leader in online music and mp3 players? And since when did WMA become an industry standard? It’s not a standard when it’s developed behind closed doors and then shoved down consumers’ throats. Oh, and the only choice consumers are making is not to play WMA files. The iPod can play anything else.

  5. Hey – MicroSoft says that customers should be offered “Industry Standard Choices”…

    Got news for ya, Billy… iTunes ACC format has over 70% of the market share. It IS the industry standard!

    Tough luck, MicroSoft. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. iTunes allows you to rip to MP3. How does that limit you?

    It says a lot when Microsoft includes a music player with their O/S and OEM companies THEN FEEL COMPELLED to partner with a third party (Apple) to provide an attractive product for their customers.

  7. Fact. Everyone is getting fed up with Micro$in.

    HP made a smart move…if you can’t beat ’em, then join ’em. This instantly gives them the top of the line player with the top of the line music store and gives Apple recognition within 30% of the PC market. Dell is checking its drawers.
    I predict that within six months there will be other deals like this
    Why settle for a proprietary(sp) lower quality WMA player when you can have a higher quality AAC open source format on a licenceable hardware, not proprietary, music player.

  8. The ‘forced’ and unholy dominance of the Windows monopoly hinders choice the freedom of choice, but Microsoft seems to think that’s okay!

    Talk about major hypocrisy!

  9. “Windows is about choice – you can mix and match software and music player stuff. We believe you should have the same choice when it comes to music services,”

    What MS really means: any choice other then iToons/iPod helps ensure the use of Window OS, which is the choice they support. Their belief in “choice” means anything that’s made for window and has no possibility of convincing people to switch to the Mac OS. “Hey, I like this ‘iToons/iPod’ stuff, Apple seems to be a great company, let me try one of their computers this time around.”

  10. This is the ‘genius’ of BG3. Selling people on the notion of ‘choice’.

    He convinces so many people into the idea of choosing any BRAND of WinPeeCee. But, it’s like choosing any brand of cornflakes.

    MB: When you open the box, what do you find?

    PCowner: D’uh, I dunno MacBuddy. What do I find?

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