“How swiftly thought evolves in the wonderful world of Ballmer! First, iPods are full of ‘stolen’ music, next he forgets what he said, but suggests that it might be anything that isn’t a Windows Media Player that’s full of stolen music, and now iPod owners turn out to be the most law-abiding people in the world,” John Lettice writes for The Register.
“We’re sure iPod owners will regard being called law-abiding by an exec from a company with Microsoft’s legal experience as a high point to end the week on. But, you ask, how the blazes did we get to this one? We have Ged Carrol’s blog to thank. Mightily offended by Ballmer’s original comments, Ged used the feedback system at microsoft.com to demand an apology, and he got one,” Lettice writes.
“The grovel itself is particularly interesting because of the way you can feel the truth shifting under your feet as you read it. ‘We would like to assure you that when Steve Ballmer implied that most of the music on iPods were stolen, he absolutely did not intend to single out iPod owners for criticism. [this implying would be when he whooped ‘STOLEN! STOLEN! STOLEN!’] In fact, given that they have access to their very own – and very popular – online music store, they are likely among the most law-abiding consumers of digital music,'” Lettice writes. “Notice the sneaky bit of dissing there? If you weren’t paying attention you might run away with the view that the Apple music store only worked with iPods, and entirely miss the fact that Apple has extremely capable player software in both Mac and Windows formats. But back to the apology…”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Of course, we would quite readily take this opportunity to apologize to Ballmer for calling him a big, fat, bald, sweaty, doughnut-eating, psychotic dancing fool if we were wrong on those counts.
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