The BusinessWeek 50: #34 Apple Inc.

Apple StoreThis year’s BusinessWeek 50 list is “chock full of companies that are rewriting the rules in their industries. They are the agitators, the pioneers, and the game-changers that are leading the way in the 21st century.”

BusinessWeek’s methodology here.

#34: Apple Inc. – Somewhere along the line, Apple went from being Microsoft’s whipping boy to becoming, in some ways, the new Microsoft. Apple sets the standard in digital music, with more than 70% of the music player market and nearly 90% of the song download business. While it still has just 5% of the PC market, Mac sales are on the rise, and the company is attacking vast new markets that have long been coveted by Microsoft. Targets include the so-called digital living room, where Apple hopes to stream Net video fare to the TV via its new Apple TV gizmo, and the mobile communications sector, where it’s rolling the iPhone in hopes of replicating its iPod success. The company, which churns out an astonishing $1 billion a quarter in cash, was cast in the unfamiliar role of bad guy numerous times in the last year—for Steve Jobs’ role in the options backdating scandal and for sweatshop conditions at a contract manufacturer in China, among other things. But barring unexpected product bombs, Apple’s star seems destined to rise farther still.

Not in the Top 50, Microsoft is #63 on BusinessWeek’s “The BW50 + 25” list.

Full article here.


  1. Fortunately Apple is not becoming the new Microsoft. Apple is becoming a better Apple with great products that make the likes of Vista suck! Most of those allogations have already been proven not true. Some European countries like Norway just don’t get it. DRM is not Apple but the record labels fault.

  2. “Somewhere along the line, Apple went from being Microsoft’s whipping boy to becoming, in some ways, the new Microsoft”

    like… when Apple stood up to microsoft and pushed ahead with creating QuickTime as an industry standard, instead of caving to Microsoft’s draconian tactics for market dominance?

    see: Microsofts Plot to Kill QuickTime


    How Microsoft Pushed QuickTime’s Final Cut

  3. How preposterous…the sweatshop allegation was about one of Apple’s suppliers, not Apple…and the sweatshop allegations were proven to be untrue…after an exhaustive audit by Apple who seemed desperate to find something wrong to say they fixed it, but failed to find anything to fix…and the Chinese journalist was sued by the Chinese company for defamation…

    I fail to see why was this smear mentioned in the article at all???

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