Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Microsoft Patent Takes (Tiny) Bite Out of Apple iPod

If you ask someone about something called an iPod, probably 99.999% of the people you have asked would start telling you how they fell in love with it (even if they don'’t own one), and they will most probably start talking about how amazing the play list/library system is, or how good the touch pad control is...Or etc... etc...

Well ironically all these cool features (or at least the iPod user interface concepts) are theoretically owned by Microsoft. According to this article, all those cool iPod features are "Microsoft technology" and Microsoft is open to licensing this technology to Apple. Hehe this just makes me laugh.

I am really not a big fan of Microsoft, but I think it'’s quite a smart move. They couldn't penetrate into Apple's market, so they gained exclusive rights on the technology behind the iPod; so basically Apple now owes them something like 10 bucks for every iPod they have sold........ that sucks doesn't it?


At 1:51 AM, Blogger Yazan Malakha said...

I'd wager that Apple never pays Microsoft a cent, Apple and Microsoft signed an five-year agreement in 1997 to share technology, Microsoft's Patent might be covered.

If not Apple can contest the patent by filing a declaration stating they invented the technology prior to Microsoft patenting it. iPods were already in the market by the time Microsoft patented the technology.

My thoughts would be down the line of Microsoft Hardware Division rolling out a Windows Media Player that features the same technology as the iPod sometime soon. Unless Apple spurts out a video iPod, such a technology would shift the world, Windows Media has already proven popular, there are several sites where you can rent/purchase downloadable movies/music/the works from.

At 3:39 AM, Blogger Omarello said...

I am not sure about Microsoft Hardware Division rolling out a Windows Media Player that features the same technology as the iPod sometime soon cause Microsoft didn't even put an effort in penetrating that market (unlike lets say Creative, BenQ and many other)... but who knows.

What makes me laugh is that not only is it obvious that they have "stolen" the technology if I might say, but they are also confident when they are offering to license the technology heheh

“In general, our policy is to allow others to license our patents so they can use our innovative methods in their products,” Kaefer said in a statement.


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