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Often Microserfs complain why do they hate us? I don’t know, maybe because your dumb fat chief executive makes statements like most IPOD users are thieves. Can someone please take this man to Ms. Manners and have him spend some of his mega billions on learning […]

Often Microserfs complain why do they hate us? I don’t know, maybe because your dumb fat chief executive makes statements like most IPOD users are thieves. Can someone please take this man to Ms. Manners and have him spend some of his mega billions on learning some common courtesies.

Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece – at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: “We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen’.” Most people still steal music,” he said. “We can build the technology but there are still ways for people to steal music.”

If you want your customers to stay loyal, or if you want to get more consumers to use your second rate technology, then perhaps not calling them thieves is a good start. And look at who he is calling thieves. Just take a quick refresher in Microsoft’s own dark history. Actually it is not just him. Hollywood and Music companies, despite getting fat off our wallets continue to call us consumers thieves. Hey just like there are those porn-film makers, there are some who download illegal music, and movies. Most of us buy music, 99 cents a song from ITunes, and will continue to do so!

Robert Scoble I have new found respect for you! (That’s all the reactions from the bloguniverse!)
Andrew Orlowski: We create music in order to share it. We’ve been sharing it for thousands of years. And people pay to hear it. Since the invention of transmission and recording technology you’ve been able to monetize this desire, and build an industry on it.

  1. Hey, just because of Ballmer’s statement, i think i’m guna blow $50 in the iTMS today.

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  2. You and me both – we are thick as thieves after all

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  3. Steve Ballmer’s comments are the direct result of the fact that he, and the rest of the Microsoft empire are RUNING SCARED! They know they are the real thieves, ripping off anyone they can. Hell, they have been doing it for ages, why stop now?

    If they managed to trump Apple again, it will be by Microsoft doing what they accuse others… Stealing other people’s work (or buying them). As they say, ‘A dog allways returns to his vomit!)

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  4. Steve Ballmer, Thieving iPod Owners and Mobile on the Roadmap

    Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer blew into London to wax lyrical about their future and rubbish Apple (nothing new there), according to Silicon.com. The headline grabbing part was that he accuses iPod users of thievery, as Apple doesn’t do DRM. “The…

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  5. Steve Ballmer and the Ipod

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  6. Not the first time Steve has overstepped his mouth. PR folks will have their hands full with this one.

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