“Don’t you hate it when a band covers your favorite song with a new version that’s inferior to the original? Microsoft’s new music service, MSN Music, which makes its debut in mid-October, is not nearly as bad as, say, William Shatner covering the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” but it’s no Apple iTunes Music Store either,” Peter Lewis writes for Fortune.
MacDailyNews Take: So far, so good. But, later in his article, Lewis gets downright perplexing and totally confusing.
Lewis writes, “Windows Media Player 10, in contrast, is Exhibit W of the Microsoft ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ school of software development. Windows Media Player 9 was so anemic that it was often referred to as WiMP 9, but version 10 is much more robust. Unlike Apple’s iTunes, WMP 10 is truly a media player, capable of displaying music videos, album art, film clips, and photos as well as managing song libraries and radio stations.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Weird, huh? We fired up iTunes just to make sure we weren’t hallucinating. Apple’s iTunes displayed music videos, album art, film clips, photos and allowed us to manage our song libraries and radio stations. Does Lewis know that Microsoft has already admitted that they tried hard to copy Apple’s iTunes? Does Lewis understand that the world’s first and most robust media platform, Apple’s QuickTime (the one Microsoft also copied for WMP), is the underlying technology that powers iTunes? We still cannot believe that the normally thorough Lewis wrote this and that Fortune is publishing it. Are you a flabbergasted as us? If, for some reason, Lewis meant to distinguish WMP as a “pure media player” unlike iTunes, he should have made it clear that every single one of his list of WMP features are also included in iTunes and that Apple did it first, as usual. Perhaps an editor mangled the sentence structure, so that its meaning is not what Lewis originally intended? We’re very confused. Fortune’s readers will be, too – most without knowing what’s wrong with this article. In the hope that this can be fixed or explained: Lewis’ email at Fortune is firstname.lastname@example.org