Microsoft + Sony = ?

Microsoft Corp. may try to strike a deal with Japan's Sony Corp. in an effort to compete with Apple Computer Inc. in the digital music arena.

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Microsoft Corp. may try to strike a deal with Japan's Sony Corp. in an effort to compete with Apple Computer Inc. in the digital music arena, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, according to Reuters. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told the newspaper in an interview that the two companies could benefit from a broad partnership in digital entertainment, both having "a lot of incentive to work together" in digital-music "infrastructure," including online-music services and protection against improper music copying. Microsoft contends that Apple's iTunes online music store sells songs in a format that can be played only on iPods and not other portable music players based on Microsoft's software, so consumers need a choice, Gates told the Journal. Even so, Gates said he had "nothing specific to say about a particular discussion" with Sony about pairing up, while Sony declined to comment on the possibility of a tie-up with Microsoft in the digital-entertainment business.

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    acrocks
    ^yeah they like hate each other on consoles but hey i still prefer the gamecube
    Jamesinho
    Fourteenth! (yip, thats sad), anyhoo, i wonder if its only music they are pairing up with, coz they big rivals when it comes to consoles. and anyone that says "whats that got to do with guitar stuff", i dont care, its obviously interesting enough for you to look at it.
    ThatCanadianGuy
    ^ he's still an *******, if he was such a good guy, he would've made sure his products work, instead of selling them to us full of virues and crap, then asks us to pay for repairs and upgrade.
    freebirdisepic
    that would suck. all we need is another huge media company in this world. to hell with big corporations.
    Blood_Covered
    acrocks: ^yeah they like hate each other on consoles but hey i still prefer the gamecube [POSTED: 08 January 2005 - 086]| OMG GAMECUBE SUX
    Rockafella
    why is the is a good thing. microsoft and sony are just trying to find new ways of running the planet. the business industy would go down the ***ing toilet and inflation will raise even more in america because microsoft n sony own soooo much fukkin power. next they'll be taking over newspapers n joining with sky if not buying rupet murdock out. what is this fukkin world cumming too
    metOLIca
    yeah imagine the software that sony AND microsoft could come up with... you humm a tune into a mike, and it tabs it, and puts an appropriate backing track, drums and bass.. it then automatically prints out the lyrics.... now that'd be cool.... well if you were the only guy in the world that had one
    im not mental
    and besides, bill gates, unlike other countless billionares, is a good guy. he donated quite a large sum of $$$ to research aids. i don't think too many other rich dudes have ever done something like that.
    narmi
    Sonys latest MP3 player to rival ipod is pretty shit as you have to convert everything to Sonys own format and some songs cant be put on it or some shit so ive heard, anyway i have an ipod and it good
    kilika
    eh, as pointless as this article sucks, i hope microsoft burns in hell and loses all their money in a gigantous tax scandal so apple computers will become supreme yet again! ha.
    BLyon
    who gives a shit , what is this wired magazine or something
    xxxbizzyfunkxxx
    get this crap outta here. this has nothing to do with guitars.leave that to the media.keep it OUT.grr