May 12, 2005: Bill Gates, a frenemy d & # 39; Apple's lgtime, told a German newspaper that Apple may have touched the iPod. his success will not last forever.
The reas? Cell phes will steal the market share of the iPod. The good news for Gates is that he was right the mey. The bad news for Microsoft is that Apple has been cannibalized by making the iPhone, which has become even more powerful than the iPod.
"As good as Apple, I do not believe that the success of the iPod is sustainable in the lg run.," Gates told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . "You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strg in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphical user interface – like the iPod today – and then lost its positi."
Gates went to describe how the rise of mobile phes, capable of doing much of what an iPod can do, would destroy the MP3 player market.
At the time, Apple's press viewed Gates's comments as green grapes from a man who – having resigned in 2000 – was no lger relevant in the world of technology like Steve Jobs was. Given that Sy has sold 340 milli Walkmans worldwide for 25 years and that Apple had ly sold 15 milli iPods, they were cvinced that the iPod had a lg future in frt of him.
Mobile phes are the new MP3 player
today, however, is that Jobs did not disagree with Gates. The previous year, when the iPod portable music player sales …