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Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« on: March 31, 2007, 05:34:02 PM »

From the Zunerama blog:

"Today we unveil to the world... the iZune!", a jubilant Steve Jobs announced this morning in a joint Apple-Microsoft news conference. Sitting beside the Apple CEO was Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who described a new partnership between the companies as "the end of the digital Cold War".

The two technology icons outlined a major partnership related to their competing digital media offerings. The announcement, taking some industry analysts by surprise, represents an abrupt shift in the strategic direction of both iPod and Zune. The pair spoke to an invited audience made up of Fortune 50 corporate CEOs, UN ambassadors, international royalty, and gadget bloggers.

Details remain sketchy, but the core of the partnership appears to be a hybrid music player dubbed "iZune". The player, to be released in the U.S. in September 2007, will play videos, slideshows, music, and games - all on a one-inch screen display. "The screen's smaller, but it's the same resolution as the larger screens," Jobs explained. "So it's a crisper image. And crisper is better." Jobs also noted that the smaller screen allows the device to have an even larger click-wheel.

Asked about the effect of this partnership on Apple's much-anticipated iPhone, Jobs indicated that Apple is re-thinking its iPhone strategy. "Our accessory-makers are a very important part of the international economy. And it's dawned on us that you can't use a touchscreen interface while the phone's in a case, or even covered by a protective screenguard. Really, it was all my bad."

Jobs also indicated that pocket-dialers - an important bloc of cell-phone users - had expressed concern that the iPhone design forces users to look at the screen in order to find and press screen controls. "Who wants to pull out a phone or music player all the time, when all you want to do is adjust the volume, or press redial?", Gates concurred. "Heck, with my Nokia I can do all that and more, without taking it out of my bomber jacket."

After the iZune announcement, Jobs embraced Gates and quipped that he was "sorry about all those 'I'm a PC, I'm a Mac' commercials". Gates patted Jobs' cheek lightly and replied "No problem, Steve. Sorry about destroying your OS business."

Outside, Macintosh supporters - evidently outraged at the partnering of the former arch-enemies - hurled paper clips and live worms at the doors leading into the closed conference.

No injuries were reported.
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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007, 05:39:43 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin NICE!!!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 05:40:41 PM »

Too early for April Fools in my part of the US... but  Grin all the same!

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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007, 05:42:39 PM »

I didn't know it was a joke until I realized the date at the end after I almost put my fist through my monitor.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2007, 05:53:52 PM »

i realized it was a joke but i was thinking.. wait, why? then i realized what tomorrow was. very well written  Grin
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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2007, 06:02:48 PM »

I especially liked:

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The player, to be released in the U.S. in September 2007, will play videos, slideshows, music, and games - all on a one-inch screen display. "The screen's smaller, but it's the same resolution as the larger screens," Jobs explained. "So it's a crisper image. And crisper is better." Jobs also noted that the smaller screen allows the device to have an even larger click-wheel.

Nice touch, emphasizing something about the iPod I've never gotten--focusing on the navigation over the size of the screen.
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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2007, 06:17:11 PM »

Sweet.  Anyone know where I can pre-order one of these bad boys?  And how much it will cost me?  Thanks for any help.








































J/K  Grin Nice try though.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2007, 06:34:14 PM »

I'm reading the entire thing thinking.... SH*T! I knew I should have waited to buy a zune!  Crap now I'm screwed!

You really scared the crap out of me.... very well written, but started to really really question it when Jobs said they were pretty much gonna drop iPhone  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2007, 06:59:44 PM »

I thought it was real, but then I realized it was fake when I read the forums.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2007, 07:10:47 PM »

for a moment, i thought,"shoot! i just bought the zune and now there's a better model coming out soon." then i realized it's april fools day, even though it's the last day of march as i'm typing this
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2007, 07:25:36 PM »

took me a minute.....and reading the entire article...but after seeing the date i realized it was an april fools joke....well done ED!
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2007, 08:00:37 PM »

I was just like... I want XBox,  I want a pink Zune, and then this iZune  Tongue I need to find a second job..
I read the story seriously. After the first paragraph I even thought to check CNN.com or other websites to read the whole stories and comments.  I even believed these parts at first:

*  Jobs indicated that Apple is re-thinking its iPhone strategy......Really it was all my bad.

*   After the iZune announcement, Jobs embraced Gates and quipped that he was "sorry about all those 'I'm a PC, I'm a Mac' commercials". Gates patted Jobs' cheek lightly and replied "No problem, Steve. Sorry about destroying your OS business."

Now that I read for the second times, that's impossible...ha ha ha  Cheesy LOL you got me Zunerama Ed!!

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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2007, 08:04:15 PM »

LOL Grin Grin
Had me going there for a while.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2007, 08:07:58 PM »

You guys are good sports and I appreciate that.  Smiley
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Re: Apple and Microsoft unveil the iZune player
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2007, 08:44:57 PM »

I knew it was a joke right away.  I have been watching the tech world too long, to believe this one even for a second. 
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