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16.10.2006

Steve Jobs im Interview + Portrait von Tim Cook

Steve Jobs im Interview mit Steven Levy, der gerade sein iPod-Buch "The Perfect Thing" auf den Markt wirft (Ausschnitt):
«Do you think that it's fair to the customer that the songs they buy from Apple will only work on iTunes and the iPod?
Well, they knew that all along.
At one point you were saying, “When our customers demand it, that's when we'll consider interoperability.”
Nobody's ever demanded it.  People know up front that when they buy music from the iTunes music store it plays on iPods, and so we're not trying to hide anything there.
Microsoft has announced its new iPod competitor, Zune. It says that this device is all about building communities. Are you worried?
In a word, no. I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable.
IPods now have video, games, audio books and podcasts. Will iPods always be about the music?
Who knows? But it's hard to imagine that music is not the epicenter of the iPod, for a long, long, long, long, long time.»
Mac Essentials haben das Interview ins Deutsche übersetzt.
Das WSJ widmet sich derweil der Nummer 2 bei Apple: Tim Cook. «The difference in personalities between Messrs. Cook and Jobs has helped foster a solid working relationship between the two, people familiar with them say. While Mr. Jobs is known to have a mercurial temper and a sharp tongue, Mr. Cook has the courtly demeanor of a Southern gentleman. People who work with him say his quiet manner and slow drawl have a disarming effect in a fast-paced environment like Apple, filled with its share of table-pounders.»

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