John Paczkowski

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To Be Fair, Sales Figures Were Limited to Consumers Willing to Admit Owning a Zune

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Was he inebriated? Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?”

–-Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Microsoft’s claim that the Zune is now a worthy alternative to the iPod.

Despite its feature differentiations and, er, “distinctive” color palette, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Zune has yet to prove itself the iPod killer it was once touted as. Since its launch in November of 2006, the Zune has sold 2 million units. In comparison, Apple (AAPL) in its last quarter sold 10.6 million iPods–quintuple Microsoft’s cumulative sales to date. Zune’s market share in this space during the first quarter: 4%. Apple’s share: 71%.

Clearly, the only thing being killed by Microsoft’s iPod killer are Microsoft’s chances for unseating Apple in a market that would seem–according to relatively flat year-over-year iPod sales–to have peaked without it.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik