last month that Microsoft was working on an iPod killer;
now some new
details are starting to leak out on the player itself and the music service
attached to it. According to the latest buzz from industry insiders,
Microsoft's portable media player (PMP) will have wireless functionality and
will be released in time for the Christmas holiday.
According to the sources, prototypes of the new PMP will be
delivered within weeks and Microsoft will use its massive cash base in order to
heavily promote its iPod killer at launch. Given the wireless nature of the PMP,
this opens up new possibilities of music syncing and music sharing between
players (and the legal hassles that will ensue). Microsoft will no doubt take
the opportunity to pare up the device with the recently announced Live Anywhere service which will be built into Windows
points to a few more perks to be included with Microsoft's new PMP:
To attract current
iPod users Microsoft is going to let you download for free any songs you've
already bought from the iTunes Music Store. They'll actually scan iTunes for
purchased tracks and then automatically add those to your account. Microsoft
will still have to pay the rights-holders for the songs, but they believe it'll
be worth it to acquire converts to their new player.
Microsoft’s deep pockets will definitely come in handy with
this iTunes library hand-off and the possibility of bringing over the much sought
after Pod users must have the top brass at Microsoft rubbing their hands
Microsoft's Windows Media Player 11
(WMP11) will serve as a home base for the new PMP. The new media application
sports a revised user interface along with a more streamlined album management
system. WMP11 also adds support for instant search, audio fingerprinting and
the new Windows Media Audio Professional format.
Microsoft has its work cut out for them as it tries to
compete in a market that is 70% controlled by Apple. Sony tried with its
own-branded players and music service, but its efforts have been in vain.
quote: Just think of Apple's bandwidth costs!
quote: With enough money anything is possible
quote: Windows does not really have a competitor in OS X
quote: Apple is in big trouble if Microsoft comes to market with a product that is stylish, cheaper and has more features than the ipod.
quote: Looks like folks doing OS comparison think quite the opposite - the only area where Windows is still ahead is games, every other aspect of OS - MS lost. Read any Vista development blogs/news and see for yourself - technically speaking Vista is a bleak OS X clone. If not for games Windows would look total loser to me.
quote: And OS X certainly does not surpass Windows in the business market either. Software support... performance... hardware support...
quote: There was A LOT of stylish feature-loaded cheap MP3 players on the market and iPod still kicked them out.
quote: When apple has more that 5% of the global pc market, MAYBE windows will have a competitor.
quote: Let me give you an illustrative example: if you can not play chess like Garry Kasparov - will a billion dollars help you?
quote: a billion dollars will help you if you can hire a bunch of grand masters to program a machine like Deep Blue and beat him with a computer
quote: Unforuntately you are right, a billion dollars won't teach me to play chess well. Or to hit a MLB fastball, or be able to dunk over Shaq. Luckily we are talking about products which can be created if you have the resources (i.e. money), not skills which take some innate talent.
quote: To compete with the IMac, I give you Dell's XPS M2010
quote: Personally though, I use an Acer Ferrari 3200 (and soon the 5000 I think) with an Acer Ferrari monitor as a 2nd monitor, extending my desktop vertically. Apple doesn't have a single product that looks as good to my eye.
quote: Once again though, it is all in the opinion of the user
quote: At close to the same price, I could easily get a Ferrari 4006 from NewEgg right now, which I find much more "stylish" and more appealing visually.
quote: Also, liking the look of my Acer's over Apple is a matter of the OS technology?
quote: With regards to the OS, I simply don't like OS X and its usage/flow; indirectly it is the technology, but it is the feel I get while using it I don't like. So, deciding which OS I like better, really does have to do with my tastes.
quote: Building a product though, can allow you to find the talent and "Brains" as you so claim we need (on which I agree) with money. There is a good chance of failure, sure. But with money you can find brains to help innovate and design. A man with a billion dollars doesn't try and make the product himself; he puts together a team that has the needed talent/skill to create the product.
quote: To correct the point you are trying to make...would be more accurately stated as "A company can have all the money in the world, but if they don't know how to use it well -- its not going to help them at all!".
quote: Why compete with the losers?
quote: if you can not play chess like Garry Kasparov - will a billion dollars help you?
quote: Microsoft have been known to occasionally spend money to acquire other companies which specialise in certain fields.
quote: Apple has been slow to innovate since the iPod caught on. They've been sitting back and kind of just enjoying their dominance. I hope this wakes them up.
quote: Yea, and maybe their OS will actually be able to run a database application at even a modest speed, without getting trounced because of how the OS handles low-level system calls.
quote: OS X is not without its flaws, something you Apple fanboys tend to forget.
quote: They are impervious to any attacks by logic and reason.
quote: So what's to stop Microsoft coming up against iPod?
quote: If MS can do the same to the MP3 market, its going to be a real defeat for Apple.
quote: FYI. I have never used iTunes. I like MusicMatch better, but I don't purchase or download music either.
quote: Ummm..just curious, how can you know you like something better if you never even tried the competing product? LOL
That's like saying you think Woman "A" is hotter than Woman "B" and you only ever saw Woman "A" to begin with...
quote: let you download for free any songs you've already bought
quote: I hope to God the acronym "PMP".
quote: Given the wireless nature of the PMP, this opens up new possibilities of music syncing and music sharing between players (and the legal hassles that will ensue).