“‘I guess Steve’s kids just listen to Bach and Mozart,’ Businessweek quotes Microsoft’s Bill Gates when asked why his company is making handheld gadgets that play video as well as music, while Apple has so far spurned the idea to stick with its music iPods.
BusinessWeek reports, “‘We don’t think people have a burning desire to watch video on tiny little screens,’ Apple’s Steve Jobs, a longtime Gates nemesis, was quoted as saying earlier. Gates retorted that his kids ‘want to watch Finding Nemo,’ which of course was made by Jobs’ Pixar Animation Studios. ‘I don’t know who made that, but it’s a really neat movie,’ Gates was said to have quipped.
Gates also was quoted as saying, “There’s nothing that the iPod does that I say, ‘Oh, wow, I don’t think we can do that.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: “Oh, wow, I don’t think we can do that.” Bill Gates has billions upon billions upon billions of dollars at his disposal, but after over twenty years of trying, comparing Windows XP to Mac OS X today is like comparing Bea Arthur to Heidi Klum. Sorry, Bea. We loved you in Maude. So, now Bill’s going to just whip out a tightly integrated solution like Apple’s iPod/iTunes/iTunes Music Store? Good luck, Bill, you master of kludge. The first time Microsoft produces something that doesn’t suck will be when they start making vacuum cleaners.