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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak: iPod Is Dying; Apple Stock Downgrade Was ‘Correct’

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image* Apple*co-founder Steve Wozniak, who has been retired from the company since 1987, still has a love for gadgets, technology and computers, but in an interview with the Telegraph, he is startlingly frank about where the industry is headed and his thoughts and opinions when it comes to the Web 2.0 movement; the iPod’s longevity and the iPhone when it’s compared to the *Google* Android operating system.

Excerpts from the interview:

On Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) downgrade and the economic slowdown: Last week, Apple’s shares fell about 20 percent after two analysts downgraded the stock, a move that Wozniak says was “correct.” Furthermore, he believes: “It is time for the whole computer industry to maybe have a bit of a slowdown. For twenty years we have been in this replacement and upgrade market,” he says. “It is very easy to postpone that when there are financial irregularities.”

On the iPod dying out: “The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one,” he says. “Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while…It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much.”

On the iPhone being a closed system: When comparing it to *Google’s* Android operating system, which relies on open-source, to the iPhone, which restricts what can run on it, he said: “Consumers aren’t getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down. I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you’re allowed.”

On Apple’s FanBoy-ism: He said he’d like for the next generation of users to influence them, which is not how it currently works if users continue to be loyal even when they fail. “With a religion you’re not allowed to challenge anything. I want our customers to challenge us.”

6 Responses to “Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak: iPod Is Dying; Apple Stock Downgrade Was ‘Correct’”

  1. Beltway Greg

    Woz is a media whore. The IPod will be around longer than he will. Dancing With The Stars. What was the point? He isn't a star and he can't dance. Fanboy?
    See you at $150.

  2. Once woz hero. This is bitterness and railing at the loss of being an insider parading as market savvy. SW woz an innovative Heath Robinson style engineer. He was never aware of business realities, never had the pulse of the market and was not up to taking the tough decisions. While he was essential to Apple in the earliest years of the Apple II, he seemed to choose to lose the plot in the mid-80s. Given his angst about being a bitter outsider, why even bother to air his opinions. If he could still code, he would have done it already, not wail about the difficulty of coding for a closed system. It did not stop him coding for the Apple II, when coding was much harder work.

  3. Beltway Greg

    Read the interview dilbert. Woz checked out when Ronnie was still in office and if it wasn't for Jobs he'd still be working for HP. BTW, I don't have headphones, mom lives in a house that I purchased for her that's 70 miles away, and I don't like sandwiches. I may have a wee dram of Talisker though.

    Beltway Greg

  4. Beltway Greg = the exact type of fanboy Woz was talking about.

    Do you guys take volunteer shifts to ensure every post about Apple that is even remotely negative gets a snide comment? Take your headphones off, go upstairs into your Mom's kitchen from the basement and make yourself a sandwich – you're blood sugar is getting low.

  5. Beltway Greg

    So sad. Retired since 1987. Looks like The Woz is feeling a bit irrelevant. Just shut your increasingly large pie hole and thank Steve for making you a billionaire many times over that is of course if you did indeed hold onto the stock. Back to the garage for you Media Whore.

    Beltway Greg