Thursday, July 06, 2006

mPod

So apparently Microsoft is going to try to make an iPod. Once again, Microsoft is boldly seeking out new markets in which to prove that they are absolutely incompetent at everything and incapable at coming up with a single interesting idea on their own.

What makes this "mPod" venture even more amazing, is that of all windmills to choose to tilt at, Microsoft would even try to compete with the iPod. This has been proven to be an exercise in futility. The only companies other than Apple selling music players are the ones selling crappy pieces of shit in third world countries to people who can't afford to buy real iPods.

Despite all its shortcomings, and there are many, the iTMS/iPod combination is an unstoppable juggernaut. The music store forever traps you into an asinine DRM scheme that sells you crippled music ripped at mediocre sound quality. But over a billion songs have been sold. The iPod is fragile, but yet it sells. The iPod cannot do something as simple as playing two songs one after another without pausing, presumably to mock the people who buy them for their stupidity, but yet it sells. If I had a dollar for every person that called me up saying "I don't know what happened, I plugged in my iPod and now all my music is gone" I'd have, like, a lot of dollars, but yet it sells. The iPod user interface is incapable of allowing the user to effectively organize and choose songs from their music collection unless the album or track names are short, but yet it sells.

And I have no idea why.

Better hardware companies than Microsoft have tried to topple the iPod and failed, and now Microsoft is about to repeat the same mistakes. This new music player, whatever the hell they call it, will be no different. Billions of dollars of shareholder value will be forever flushed down the drain and absolutely nothing will come of it other than yet another embarrassing black mark against Microsoft's name.

On a positive note, at least some software and hardware guys will get a couple of years of work out of it.

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