Sony CEO Stringer calls Apple CEO Steve Jobs ‘greedy’

At the 25th annual conference of media moguls hosted by investment banking firm Allen and Co. last Thursday in Sun Valley, Idaho, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer called Apple CEO Steve Jobs “greedy.”

“According to one audience member, Stringer said it’s funny that Jobs accuses record companies of greed because they want to get paid for music downloads. Stringer said Jobs, who just launched the iPhone, is the ‘greedy’ one because he wants a world where only he makes money,” Richard Johnson reports for The New York Post’s Page Six.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicta” for the heads up.]
Apparently, Sir Howard doesn’t appreciate having his ass handed to him repeatedly by Steve Jobs. It’s not Steve Jobs’ fault that for years Sony couldn’t get out of its own way (because they greedily wanted everything: devices, formats, DRM, and owning the content) and got run over by Apple’s iPod+iTunes. This obnoxious behavior certainly does not reflect well upon the knighthood. Nor is it a proper way to begin selling your new clock radios and boomboxes with iPod docks, Howie.

Our advice, less jet-setting to tony mogul powwows where you insert your foot into your prodigious mouth and more attention to business; you know, try some new things like making non-exploding notebook batteries, foregoing root-kit installs on audio CDs, using standard formats, not overcharging for your TVs, etc.


  1. The point is, ladies and gentleman, that ‘greed’—for lack of a better word—is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms—greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge—has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed—you mark my words—will not only save Apple, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

  2. “he wants a world where only he makes money”

    plus his shareholders (he has the jet remember), plus AT&T, plus artists, plus software developers (hey, that’s me!), plus ISPs, plus iPod accessory makers, plus… you get the picture.

    Sounds like this knight is envious he isn’t sitting at the round table.

  3. Since has Jobs objected to record companies being paid for downloads? What a bunch of BS. Jobs is trying to keep these guys, who totally ruined the reputation of their own brands, from killing the goose that is currently laying the golden eggs… i.e., iTunes. By all accounts, Apple doesn’t earn much from the store; less than the record companies do. Jobs understands, where apparently the Stringers of the world do not, that there is a very distinct pricing point at which a buyer will cease to pay for something that he/she can find and download for free off the web. People want to be honest and pay for their product, but they also don’t want to be foolishly milked for obscene profits that support extravagant lifestyles of dickheads. It’s at this point where the revolutionary in all of us takes control and overwhelms the honest consumer we want to be.

  4. “he wants a world where only he makes money”

    So basically, Sony’s CEO is saying that he can’t compete. Because the only way Apple would be the only one making money is if they have the best products, and everyone buys those products. Sounds like a good way to gain shareholder trust Mr. Stringer!

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