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Offbeat Microsoft owned by iPods.

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Microsoft's leafy corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, is beginning to look like the streets of New York, London and just about everywhere else: Wherever you go, white headphones dangle from peoples' ears.

To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft's management, Apple Computer's iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft's workers.

"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."

The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player -- that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft's corporate campus. "This irks the management team no end," said the source.

So popular is the iPod, executives are increasingly sending out memos frowning on its use.

Of course, Microsoft's software is used by dozens of competing music players from manufacturers like Creative Technology, Rio and Sony. Its Windows Media Audio, or WMA, format is supported by several online music stores, including Napster, Musicmatch and Wal-Mart. Microsoft's PlaysForSure program markets this choice as a boon for consumers.

Nonetheless, Apple's iPod commands 65 percent of the portable player market, and its online iTunes Music Store 70 percent of online music sales, according to Apple.

"These guys are really quite scared," said the source of Microsoft's management. "It shows how their backs are against the wall.... Even though it's Microsoft, no one is interested in what we have to offer, even our own employees."

So concerned is management, owning an iPod at Microsoft is beginning to become impolitic, the manager said. Employees are hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair.

"Some people are a bit concerned about being traitors, not supporting the company," he said. "They're a bit stealth about it."

How "stealth" varies from division to division. At the company's Macintosh Business Unit, which publishes a wide range of software for the Mac, owning an iPod is almost de rigueur.

But at the Windows Digital Media Group, which is charged with software for portable players and the WMA format, using an iPod is not a good career move.

"In the media group they all smoke the company dope on that one," the manager said.

Mary Jo Foley, editor of Microsoft Watch, said she had no knowledge of the iPod's popularity on Microsoft's campus, but has noticed a lot of iPod chatter among Microsoft's legions of bloggers.

"I have seen lots of Softies blog about it," she wrote in an e-mail...

http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,66460,00.html

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Haha :D
 

MaxPower

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I'm waiting for Redhat to come out with a portable mp3 player.

But instead of pressing the play button you have to type: gst-launch filesrc location=Song.mp3 !
 

pimpyobitch

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I'm sure microsoft will try to take it over some how. Look at how they entered in to the game industry a few years back. Microsoft never seems to stay away from anything...... even my money :D
 

dustinzgirl

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Yeah, I cant use my moms toshiba laptoop on dell campus either. they frown on that kind of stuff.....lmao
 

bigck3000

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call me a n00b or whatever but...are Ipods exclusively for use with an Apple?
 

MaxPower

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bigck3000 said:
call me a n00b or whatever but...are Ipods exclusively for use with an Apple?
No. They are made by them but can interface with any mac or pc.
 

Captain 151

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dustinzgirl said:
Yeah, I cant use my moms toshiba laptoop on dell campus either. they frown on that kind of stuff.....lmao
My family's got a Toshiba that sucks at life. We start it up and it spits black tar into our eyes. We load a CD into it and it throws Chinese stars at us. We try to drive it off a cliff, and it shoots a 12-gauge shotgun at us as it's falling.

This concludes my non-sensical rant on my family's crappy Toshiba. We now return you to this regularly scheduled thread.
 

MaxPower

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tbsrk said:
My family's got a Toshiba that sucks at life. We start it up and it spits black tar into our eyes. We load a CD into it and it throws Chinese stars at us. We try to drive it off a cliff, and it shoots a 12-gauge shotgun at us as it's falling.

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Have you called tech support? Perhaps you need a bios update.
 

HunterXI

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I think he needs a Gun license if his Toshiba actually does have a 12-Gauge :o
 

Skitch0o0

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Out of curiousity, have those ass-hats at Apple fixed the situation with the irreplaceable batteries with an 18 month life?
 

gurlgonewild

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ha ha

its like a big kid being jealous of a baby w/ a lollipop.
(...just waiting for the bully to take it!)
 

HunterXI

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Skitch0o0 said:
Out of curiousity, have those ass-hats at Apple fixed the situation with the irreplaceable batteries with an 18 month life?
Would they actually announce that they had?