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 love it” you missed your medication today mate…. besides the fact that you are in complete denial you are also pikcing the wrong oponent! Don’t blame us for your sad youth and the time that sweaty uncle that touched you when you were even younger. And let me tell you this boy: you aint going to hit no one, not in this live in this universe.

    So next time you pass by, behave and give some feedback with brains. (and medication)

    MacB, Netherlands.

  2. At least Gates’ being honest and not pretentious. Can you all give the dude a break even when he says something GOOD about Apple?

    (In fact, I recall the M$ folks saying the Zune had a more modest goal before the thing was even released. It just seems no one wants to recall that and write it off as an immediate failure – which it may soon be, but not yet.)

    Gates could’ve gone on to gloat that XBox 360 is now in the black on each system sold…. but he didn’t, so good for him.

  3. No one has challenged the basic premise of the article: “The rise of China combined with failing US education. . . .”

    No one has said a word. Is the collapse of education in the United States so obvious now that it’s a given?

    Can anyone in the United States read this post? CQ . . . CQ . . . is anyone there? Anyone?

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