Microsoft preps iPod+iTunes killer

“Microsoft is readying a digital music player to take on the iPod, according to a Reuters report. It also has plans for an online music service that will overtake Apple’s iTunes Music Store,” Tim Gaden reports for APC Magazine.

“Details are sketchy, but the report quotes ‘sources familiar with the plans’ who say that the music player has already been demonstrated to the music industry in licencing talks,” Gaden reports. “The project is headed by Robbie Back, who spearheaded the successful development of the Xbox video game business.”

“Microsoft’s music service offers ‘an improvement over iTunes,’ says one person who has seen a demonstration. It will offer a pay-per-download model like iTMS rather than the ‘all you can eat’ subscription model used by many current iTMS rivals,” Gaden reports. “It is not known when the player and music store will be launched. Perhaps Microsoft fears that any timing announcement would conflict with another Vista launch delay.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The ubiquitous “Microsoft preps iPod+iTunes killer” article is like fruitcake as described by Johnny Carson. There’s only one in the entire world and people keep regifting it; annually at Christmastime for the fruitcake and seemingly weekly for the “iPod+iTunes killer” article. Isn’t it painfully obvious by now that, just like that damned fruitcake, nobody wants Microsoft’s grotesque versions of iPod+iTunes?

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43 Comments

  1. This sentence makes no sense whatsoever:

    “Microsoft’s music service offers ‘an improvement over iTunes,’ says one person who has seen a demonstration. It will offer a pay-per-download model like iTMS rather than the ‘all you can eat’ subscription model used by many current iTMS rivals”

    Translation: It’s better than iTunes because it’s the same as iTunes and not like its competitors. Huh??

  2. Get your Lawyers ready, Apple. M$ will pour money, money and more money into the game. They will be willing to lose a ton on it because it’s about more than Digital Music & Movies–it’s about their DRM vision for the future and FairPlay is in the way. They will do their best to Netscape & Word Perfect you. They also have billions of dollars to do it with.
    If you should win this battle be on the lookout for flying chairs from a sweaty bald guy.

  3. Ahhhh??? What happened to Urge? YOu know, that iPod + iTunes killer that just happened. Sort of. Didn’t it?? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Was it so bad out of the box that Microsoft is already declaring it dead, . . . . or is Microsoft such a knife in the back kind of company ( ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Norm

  4. Micro$uck will continue to die an horrible, lingering, bloated, balding, sweaty, out-of-breath, monkey-dancing death as long as Uncle Fester is in charge. Which will be for a while, eh?

    iPod + iTunes killer? Pshaw.

    Now, where’s that funny little picture again? Oh yes, here it is:

  5. Many years ago, back when I lived in Wyoming, I drove on lonely highways where the ground squirrels would stare at my headlights until they were crushed by my car’s tires. I always felt so sorry for the poor, stupid creatures. It was kinda funny – in a sick way – the first few times it happened. But after so many deaths it lost the dark humor aspect and I got that depressing “damn-not-again” feeling.

    I get the same feeling for the latest iPod/iTunes killer. It was funny watching them be crushed by Apple at first, but now it’s just sad.

  6. I imagine whatever M$ come out with will be an ugly-looking black plastic thing that looks like it came from 1995, they’ll have an online music service that only works with lame old windows in wma format (low quality) and it’ll have the lamest corporate sounding name for the product, which will incorporate the comapny’s name as part of the product name. I hate how M$ feels that they need to dominate EVERY market, …soon they’ll be manufacturing food. I switched away from windows a few years back and I’m not going back, in fact M$ has become a dirty word for anti-quality and anti-competitive monopolizing assholes. Even if apple suddenly disappeared, I’d be more inclined to use a typewriter than a windows box or an old 8-track than an M$ music player.

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