Michael Dell comments on Apple’s Mac, iPod, and iTunes

“In a question-and-answer session during Dell’s annual shareholder meeting, Chairman [Michael] Dell was asked how he viewed competition from Apple,” Edward F. Moltzen reports for CRN.

Dell answered, in part:
Apple certainly has done a very nice job with their products. I think you’re going to see a number of new, competitive dynamics in that market …music services. We’ve been working with MTV, which has a new service called Urge. That’s an exciting space that Apple has done well in, but I would be surprised if they are able to maintain the share they have today over the next ten or 20 years. In terms of competition with Apple (in PCs), our share numbers speak for themselves. Apple is growing, but is still not in the top five in share for computers.

MacDailyNews Take: What, no mention of shutting down Apple from the “business genius” Michael Dell? The writing on the wall is sometimes hard to take, especially when it’s so clearly written. Working with MTV on Urge? Entirely laughable. Please see related article: Dell dumps line of hard drive-based MP3 players, nobody notices for over a month – February 06, 2006.

Dell said, “Apple is growing, but is still not in the top five in share for computers.” “Still” would be the operative word. Worldwide, box assembler Dell is correct: Apple is outside the top 5 PC vendors (for now). In the U.S., however, which represents more than half of Dell’s business, according to IDC, Apple is #4 and showed 16% year-over-year growth overall with 60% growth in portables; the most rapidly growing segment of personal computers. Dell showed on 6.4% growth. Apple’s market value – often seen as a measure of a company’s future – is now more than $6.1 billion over Dell’s. Most people can see that Dell is in decline. Can Michael Dell see it, yet?

Here’s another article that may be of interest: Dude, you got a Dell? What are you, stupid? Only Apple Macs run both Mac OS X and Windows! – April 05, 2006

Pure Dell. How appropriate: Dell is pure —-. If Dell ceased to exist today – say Michael Dell sold the company and gave the money back to the shareholders – nobody outside the company would care. Another Windows box assembler would simply slide into place and the mediocrity would continue unabated.

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24 Comments

  1. I think Mr. Dell assumes that history’s repeating. Just like in the 80’s when Apple controlled the computer market until IBM rolled it up.
    Unfortunately, this won’t be the case. First, history is in most cases unlikely to repeat; second, it is highly unlikely that the current Apple management will do the same mistakes Apple’s management did in the 80’s; and third, the decision for or against an iPod is an emotional. It’s not a technical question and that’s where Dell & Co are having a hard time now (and Zune will).
    Now one will know how the world looks like in 2026 – like in 1986, no one could possibly imagine that by 2006 we’re going through the world with tiny devices that store thousands of thousands of songs. And keep our photos stored on hard disks of unimaginable capacity (as seen through 1986’s eyes).
    So, to sum it up: predicting the future isn’t a serious business, in most cases; Apple is currently well-positioned and strong in business and Dell is not making headlines with really cool products… . So: Mr Dell, please innovate and don’t comment on the development of other computer companies.

  2. Apple is coming. I am cuming. . .

    Sick bastard.

    So here we have a real geek, so happy he can sit his ass in front of the tube & do all his nerd stuff that he’s literally orgasmic over it.

    This notion is from the same place as Microsoft’s idea of $10,000 stock trades via cell phone. No wonder the digital home revolution hasn’t happened yet.

    Let me know when there’s a concept that appeals to the other 99.5% of the consumer market.

  3. If Dell® and Longaberger® got a cross-promo together you could go to your …wait for it…

    “Dell in a hand-basket”

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  4. “So here we have a real geek, so happy he can sit his ass in front of the tube & do all his nerd stuff that he’s literally orgasmic over it.”

    Since when is watching a movie, listening to music, having a family album & movies of Macbones Jr’s first steps or paying the bills nerd stuff?

    I’m stuck in the office working today. Usually I’d be out on the boat. I think the point is, I’m not really a nerd. A nerd does the things I mentioned with a PC and spends hours of effort to get it to work, and is more proud of the fact that it can be done than the results you get from doing it. What I’m trying to say is I do the things I listed by plugging the box into the TV and doing them. Just like I used to plug in the DVD player, only it was easier to learn the remote on the mini. I don’t care how it works, or about the chip design. I’m a dope, I hit the “on” button and the thing works w/o a hitch. I don’t have to read a friggin manual. My life is simplified, not complicated by this little box.

    “This notion is from the same place as Microsoft’s idea of $10,000 stock trades via cell phone.” .”

    If buying more Apple stock was easier via cell phone than calling the broker and saying, “Hi Dave, this is Jorge, buy another hundred Apple shares for me,” then I would do that too. But it’s not. It’s a pain in the arse, unintuitive so I don’t use the technology. Conversely, it is much easier to download my pictures, pick the ones I want and click, “BUY” to get a hardcover album in the mail in 4 days than sending film to develop, shopping for and buying a crappy ringbinder album, and spending an hour putting pictures into it.

    “No wonder the digital home revolution hasn’t happened yet”

    The digital home revolution IS happening, and Apple is leading at the moment by a country mile.

  5. Who cares if Apple is not in the top 5. Apple only want to make good quailty computers. Only asshole like Mike Dell would think that. Mike you sell nothing but junk computers that only a real people knows that are crap. To the people who don’t know computers and there are still lots of them. You, Mike (bottomfeeder) Dell will always sell to them.
    How can you sleep at night, up in that big old ugly place you call home over looking the 360 bridge in Austin. All that money you made. And you out you’re own mouth said, that Apple should close shop and give money back to the shareholders. Man is that calling the kettle black, MIKE, First Dell is not a real computer company. If everybody look at you’re products, they are copys of other companys. TV’s look like Sharp’s TV with the label replace. The printers are nothing put epson or canon copy. Second you go out and buy Alienware for what the people (WORKERS) at Dell still don’t know why. I guess you was going to take over the game market. HA HA HA Man you sound like a desperate man to me on a sunking ship. Oh Yea, didn’t you said or somebody in your company about or hope that Apple will open their OS systerm to the public. What A BOTTOMFEEDER HA HA HA HA Roast any lap today.

  6. In my opinion, Dell has helped make buying computer equipment more affordable.

    For my money, I’d just about always choose a Dell monitor over an Apple – especially the larger cinema displays.

    So I hope Dell stays in business… hopefully running OSX in the near future since I doubt MS will be able to sew all the seams in Windows.

  7. I can understand that Apple displays are quite a bit more expensive than the others out there. Apple displays are much closer to industry specs in terms of color purity, viewing angle etc. I will admit that if you are a photo pro or even an amateur and don’t use even a basic colorometer to calibrate your display, you’ll be fighting with mismatches between your prints and what’s on the screen.

    Lets not forget, there’s a product out there for just about everyone. I’ll admit that if I had to buy a $400 computer, it would be a $400 used mac. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  8. “If Dell ceased to exist today – say Michael Dell sold the company and gave the money back to the shareholders – nobody outside the company would care. Another Windows box assembler would simply slide into place and the mediocrity would continue unabated.”

    Very well put.

  9. People, it’s too easy to miss the point.
    It’s not marketshare and it’s not who’s bigger or who is going to be around in 20 years.
    It’s this.
    Apple has driven the computer market in terms of innovation for the last oh, 22 years or so. From networking individual computers, to wireless networking, to laser printers, to firewire to DVD burning to — well you get the idea; Apple was first and Apple drove the rest of them kicking and screaming into the new, different, better.
    The good news is, Apple is still doing it. The reason we have shitheads like MacRealist is because he knows where to go to find out what his Dell will look like in five years. It’s called today’s Mac.

    I don’t give a shit how big DULL is, it’s not the dog, it’s not the tail, it’s just the shit that comes out when the dog squats.

    Oh and MacRealist is the stinking maggots in the shit!

    Yeah, I feel better now.

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