“The highlight of my day had to be the ten or so minutes I spent with Steve Jobs in an exclusive interview on CNBC just after his speech,” Jim Goldman reports for CNBC.
“Don’t underestimate the power of the new iTunes movie rental service,” Goldman writes. “I asked Jobs whether this meant the format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD was over, with Apple the big winner. Clearly, he said, Blu-ray won, but in the new world order of instant online movie rentals, in HD, no one will care about what format is where. Funny how fast tech can move.”
“Signing all the major studios is no small feat either. Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Paramount — they’ve all jumped on board iTunes. Substantially all of Hollywood. AppleTV, take two, has a real shot. The power of technology. The power of Apple and Steve Jobs,” Goldman writes.
“I told Jobs that I had sat down with Microsoft’s Robbie Bach last week at the Consumer Electronics Show. I mentioned that Bach was particularly optimistic about the new Zune, that it was now a worthy alternative to Apple’s iPod. Asked Jobs: ‘Was he inebriated? Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?'” Goldman writes.
Full article, with video of Goldman’s interview with Jobs (beyond flaky in Safari – for the life of them, CNBC still can’t seem to embed video properly – try Firefox instead), here.
It’s possible that Apple sold more iPods in the last 90 days than the total number of Zunes Microsoft will ever sell in the entire life of their derivative product line.