Apple CEO Steve Jobs: Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?

“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.

133 Comments

  1. Neither the Zune or iPhone are available here in Australia.

    I’ve seen plenty of iPhones around, people talk about them and want one.

    I’ve never seen a Zune and have never heard anyone talk about ut, except to say how bad it is.

  2. My brother-in-law, who is a moron, owns a Zune. He will not “succumb” to the status quo, so he chose to buy inferior crap that was defecated out of Steve Ballmer’s ass. My brother-in-law also LIKES Vista, despite the fact that it’s worst pile of feces ever unleashed to the computing public. He STILL questions me why I would buy a Mac, stating “you’re in the IT business – you should know better!” That’s right – I DO know better. I’m a Mac user. So I do know someone who owns a Zune – a fscking idiot at that.

  3. I’m sure life in America is great at the moment with all these new services from Apple. But the rest of the world can only hear news about it and wonder, when will it happen in my country. Still, nice to know it is coming. Just like iTunesMS is now pretty much world wide. A lot of us are waiting for the iPhone (i know it’s coming) but how would downloading/renting/buying American TV or movies work in other countries. There would have to be some sort of delay wouldn’t there? But that would entice people to just go out and dload it someewhere else for free.

  4. Can somebody explain to me in plain english how to STOP those pop up Boy meets Girl silly spam/popup/facebookish crap without completely disabling java and kinda breaking my browser.

    Who do i email thier link to so i can tell ’em to FU…..OFF!!!

  5. I know one person that owns a Zune. She got a 30 GB one (Brown, naturally) on sale for something like $99.

    Before the box arrived, she referred to it “some mp3 player”. That tells you something about the branding.

  6. You guys are looking in the wrong places for Zunes. Try the local home. Those poor drooling bastards wearing football helmets on the short bus might have one. As usual, your best bet is to look at the bottom of the local public shitter.

  7. Any man who calls himself Robbie deserves to be in charge of the zune at Micro$oft.
    MS has threatened to put it on sale in Canada – the problem remains that “zune” is an en francais slang expression for male or female genitalia. Micro$oft has or should have know this for the past 2 years. They can expect to have their “zune” turned back at the border or to have the name covered up – maybe they could come up with something original – like – like – toshiba.
    3-4 years ago GM had a similar problem with the name for one of its Buicks (laCrosse, if memory serves., which was slang for masturbation. GM promptly changed the name to something else before the car shipped into the Canadian market- a smart move by a responsible corporation.
    Given Robbie and Balmey continue to refer to the zune’s ability to “squirt” one can only imagine the reaction of parents and police when Robbie demos the pink zune (vagina) to a bunch of kids and rattles on about it squirting.
    Let the complaints begin – heads up Best Buy and Future Shop because the citizens will be coming after you for displaying this offensive crap.

  8. for all of us that have to stare carry around out our fat pudgy counterparts.

    look at you, youre so fat… u disgust me. why cant you be like macbook air? super thin and sexy? would it kill you to shed a few peripherals?!

  9. I have seen one. One that was owned by a 13 year old kid. You know, at 13 your brain has not actually finished developing.
    I had a chance to fiddle with it. It’s not only ugly looking but the UI is abysmally atrocious.

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