“Microsoft is laying the groundwork to compete against Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod digital entertainment device and iTunes service, sources familiar with the discussions and plans said on Friday,” Reuters reports.
“Microsoft has held licensing discussions with the music industry to create its own music service,” Reuters reports. The Redmond, Washington-based developer of software that runs most of the world’s PCs is also demonstrating an entertainment device that plays videos and music, the sources said.”
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So, they’ve lost the urge to work with MTV already? Whatever. The one constant in every failed iPod- and/or iTunes “killer” is Microsoft. So, once again, we predict an Origmai-like success story. Perhaps due to excessive floundering, they don’t seem to grasp the obvious: too many iPods already. It’s over and it’s been over for a long time now. Microsoft’s only hope would be an attempt to illegally leverage the good ol’ Windows monopoly once again and even that would have a tough time, if by some miracle they were even allowed to do it for longer than 5 minutes. Microsoft should just calm down, towel off, decide it’s okay not to own every single market on earth, and, oh, we don’t know… how ’bout concentrating on finally shipping Windows Vista or something?
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