Bill Gates confronted by glowing Apple logos as every single blogger at meeting uses Macs

“Microsoft convened a small group of bloggers today at their Redmond headquarters to discuss the upcoming Mix Conference in Las Vegas,”
Michael Arrington reports for Techcrunch.

Highlights of the day included:
• The receipt of a Zune as a gift (the third I’ve received from Microsoft – I now have all three colors)

• Seeing the look on Gates’ face when he walked into the room and every single one of us had a Mac open on the desk in front of us – Niall Kennedy had also set up a makeshift wifi network using an Airport
• An hour-long anything goes Q&A session with Gates

Arrington reports, “One of the questions that I asked was his opinion on the long term viability of DRM… Gates said that no one is satisfied with the current state of DRM, which “causes too much pain for legitmate buyers” while trying to distinguish between legal and illegal uses. He says no one has done it right, yet… His short term advice: ‘People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then.'”

Full article here.

Gates responds to the Macs in the room: “Q) Do you despair at the number of Macs in the room? A) We’re happy about it. We sell a lot of software for the Mac!” – Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion, another blogger in attendance.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Scarbro” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: We would have loved to see that look on Gates’ face. Get used to it, Bill. So, according to Gates, people shouldn’t be buying music from Microsoft’s Zune store, they should be ripping CDs instead?

[Attribution: Macworld UK]

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25 Comments

  1. “buy an artist out for life”

    Earth to Billy boy, Earth to Billy boy. That is the same kind of servitude that music companies now use to enslave artists. That is why Gates loves it — slaver bastard that he is. It is also the kind of deal Dr. Faust made. In fact, I suspect that Gates made a deal to become the richest man on Earth with the same “guy” that Faust dealt with. But Gates out foxed his “partner,” because, at the end, he could not give in payment what he never had in the first place.

  2. Bill Gates doesn’t really want people to rip their music from CDs, but he has to be realistic. Every track sold on the iTunes Store makes the barrier to switching harder. Yes, I know you can re-rip iTS purchases to MP3 blah, blah, blah, but Joe Average either doesn’t know about, or doesn’t care for the extra steps.

    If people rip music from their CDs, Microsoft stands a chance of gaining those people as customers in the future. This is only a thinly veiled swipe at DRM because Microsoft still has a vested interest in making DRM work if they are to stand a chance at controlling the living room and the media in it.

    If Microsoft had the marketshare that Apple has now, there is no way Bill Gates would be making those statements because Microsoft would be in a controlling position.

  3. I don’t see how this affects Mr Gates. All those Macs may have had a copy of Windows tucked away in a partition. Micrsoft doesn’t make computers, they make xboxes and zunes. Apple makes software and the computer to put it on. An Apple computer is the weapon of choice simply because it can run both Windows and OSX. Oh and Linux.

  4. Arrington reports, “One of the questions that I asked was his opinion on the long term viability of DRM… Gates said that no one is satisfied with the current state of DRM, which “causes too much pain for legitmate buyers” while trying to distinguish between legal and illegal uses. He says no one has done it right, yet… His short term advice: ‘People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then.'”

    Just replace “DRM” with “Zune” and it all makes perfect sense.

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