Microsoft, Toshiba, DoCoMo, Victor to develop Japan iPod+iTunes killer

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, will ally with Toshiba Corp., Victor Co. of Japan, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and five other companies to offer music and video distribution services and media players to compete against Apple Computer Inc.,” Bloomberg reports.

“The companies will develop a portable music and video player for the Japanese market, according to a Microsoft press release dated yesterday. The device would challenge Apple’s iPod digital music player, the best-selling device that plays songs and other media downloaded from the Internet or copied from compact discs,” Bloomberg reports. “Microsoft will develop the software while consumer electronics makers Toshiba and Victor, will make the portable device.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Sir Ian” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Yawn. Again? Perhaps the 57th time will be the charm. How many cooks in the kitchen does it take to out bake Apple? (Answer: One. One that can do it all, pays attention to detail and has taste, that is – which is why Microsoft and all of their “partners” together can never bake a sweeter pie than Apple can alone.) Which company is the one common denominator in every failed iPod and iTunes murder? Microsoft, a.k.a. “The Kiss of Death.” Uncle Fester’s minions. Towel lovers. Wouldn’t you think that the Toshibas, the Victors, and the NTT DoCoMos of the world would have figured it out by now? Alas, no. Why not just make a big pile of cash and set it ablaze? At least that would produce something briefly interesting to see for a change. So, okay, whatever, bring it on, “killers.”

[UPDATE: 3:10pm EDT: Changed “cake” to “pie” in Take. Thanks, F.P.]

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  1. So Microsoft is whoring around to find another “Winner”, you’d think all of the others would get sick of M$ playing the field and make nice with Apple.
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  2. “Every competing company in the market outside of Apple’s 75% market share to develop iPod + iTunes killer”

    go create another wheel somewhere else you loosers.

    We like what we have!

    Apple does a good job with it – that will not change!

    Apple will need to ship a fork in the dock connector to let people know it is done! iFork. You think that is lame? So are all these damn stories about companies dog piling to get a piece of the pie in the sky.

    Make something else better, and if it is better we’ll buy it.

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