“The share price of Creative Technology, whose MP3 music players compete with Apple Computer’s iPod, rose for a third day yesterday after Microsoft chairman Bill Gates reportedly said that his group would support Creative and other partners,’ Bloomberg reports. “Microsoft was ‘working hard’ to make it easier for Creative and other companies to use Microsoft software for its MP3 players, a Business Times report on July 9 quoted Gates as saying. ‘The iPod has done great marketing and great design,’ Gates was quoted as saying. ‘We have to do something with our partners that’s just better.'”
“Even with yesterday’s gains, Creative’s share price has tumbled 47% this year, compared with an 8,4% rise in the Straits Times index, making it the second-worst performer on the benchmark index,” Bloomberg reports. “Some analysts said the shares may be also gaining on speculation Microsoft might form ventures with Creative or take a stake in it… Analyst Don See of DBS Vickers said it was possible Microsoft could buy Creative.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs just has to be laughing his ass off right now.
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