Microsoft to challenge the iPod

By Justin Mann on March 28, 2006, 12:11 PM
Microsoft is certainly everywhere, and have their hands in a large number of markets. That number continues to grow each year. Now, Microsoft is moving to move in on the iPod with a portable media player of their own. Microsoft's device will feature more than just music and perhaps video functionality, leaving the potential for SMS, email, net, et cetera. Ballmer confirmed the move in a Forbes article, in which he stated this:

"In five years are people really going to carry two devices? One device that is their communication device, one device that is music? There's going to be a lot of opportunities to get back in that game. We want to be in that game. Expect to see announcements from us in that area in the next 12 months.
Conglomerate devices don't always work out, though, and often times simple can equate to better quality or better likability. Even Microsoft would have an uphill battle going against Apple in the iPod sector, so it will be interesting to see how they fare.




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enasni said:
"In five years are people really going to carry two devices? One device that is their communication device, one device that is music? Now why is it that they are always attempting to cram more into one device when the single battery just can't handle it. Making calls alone kills your battery in about an hours time, listening to music and checking e-mail will surely cut that time in half or less. They should be working on a much better battery before proceeding with jamming every device known to man into a small box.
Toppler said:
seriously though all these verizon phones with get it now and stuff i have one of thoes i can play a game for what like 15 min before i have to stop worried that i will not have enough power for the rest of the day for a phone call. And maybe it is just me but i do not want one little tiny device or one big device that does phone, e-mail, music, blah blah. I think the new t-moble or what ever phone that has the apple itunes in it is stupid lolbut that is just my thoughts i have no problem carying a cell phone in one pocket and a ipod etc in my hand
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