Bill Gates: Apple iPod ‘phenomenal, unbelievable, fantastic’

“The rise of China combined with failing US education and tough visa systems means the US must surrender its superpower status and adopt a more multicultural worldview. That’s according to Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, who said the US is failing to turn out sufficient numbers of computer science graduates or to attract enough talent from abroad to maintain its edge at a time when China is becoming ‘the pace-setter for a lot of things,'” Gavin Clarke reports for The Register.

Clarke reports, “Interviewed by veteran talk show host Charlie Rose, Gates made it clear that China’s rise does not mean the US loses out, but riches and wealth from innovation get spread around more. Grilled by Rose over Microsoft’s own spotty track record on innovation… [and] asked to rate other innovators and their innovations, Gates gave Apple Computer’s iPod two thumbs up. Fresh from launching Microsoft’s iPod rival Zune this week, Gates said the iPod was ‘phenomenal, unbelievable, fantastic’ – something the market had latched on to. Microsoft’s goal with Zune is ‘more modest’ than replacing the iPod, Gates said. ‘It’s a growing market… we can get some of the new users and some of the switchers. We need to excite people about the concept – the idea of sharing’ music and video through Zune’s built-in WiFi, he said.”

Full article here.
“There’s nothing that the iPod does that I say, ‘Oh, wow, I don’t think we can do that.'” – Bill Gates, September 07, 2004.

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  1. I think he has reasonable expectations. That’s what his comment is telling me. It’s kudos to the iPod from his perspective and a realistic view on how the Zune might fare.

    And you can say what you want about Microsoft, they’re trying – and competition is always good no matter what form it might take. While it may not be very effective competition right now, perhaps later on, it will mature. That will be great for Apple.

    I love my 80 gig iPod. I travel extensively and record tv shows on my eyetv and port them to my iPod. It’s fantastic. I cannot believe I lived without it before.

    But an effective competitor, which the Zune clearly isn’t at this point, will be good for all concerned.

    I just don’t see the need for the constant negativity. Let’s see what happens over the next year or two… If nothing else it will be interesting…

  2. As I said before, don’t be so quick to dismiss the Zune. Ars Technica just gave a GREAT review of the Zune, and it does have a much better & much prettier interface than the iPod. It also has a built-in FM Radio, which is crucial for people who want to listen to the closed-circuit televisions at the gym & tune into their favorite radio shows. The Zune kicks the iPod’s ass on many different levels, except of course for SIZE & COLOR & the fact that it’s made by one of the crappiest companies in the world.

  3. Yea fm radio can be added to the ipod which is better. Not everyone wants an fm radio. Its out of style satellite radio is taking over and is so much better then fm ever thought of being. Its completly digital and mostly commercial free. after having my sirius for about a month i never wanted to go back to FM again.
    The zune is funny yea im going to haul arround a brick like the zune and tune into something at the gym. No thinaks ill take a nano with an fm adapter if i wanted that. Its much smaller.
    Interface the ipod is hands down the winner. Its amazing that most other people think the same thing.

    If the ipod was made by microsoft and worked identical in everyway all you MS fans would kill to get one. But you cant stand that a better company can make a better product. They always have. MS has never EVER made anything. They bought DOS, Copied the MAC, came out with an MP3 player long after the ipod was the #1 ruler and they cant even make it they have to borrow one already made, MS just doesnt know how to do things they have stolen and bought thier way to where they are they just dont know how to really do something for real.

    I hate this whole ms is better because thier are bigger thing and apple sucks becuase people have some stupid idea they are only meant for geeks and video/photo people. They would rather spends thousands of dollars on virus/malware protection and rebooting and tech shooting thier hardware crap and software crap made by MS they are blinded by the easyness and simplicty of apple.

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