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Ballmer predicts Iphone failure

It will be Zune for the burning
Tue May 01 2007, 09:10
THE SHY AND retiring and softly spoken CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer has quietly predicted that the Iphone will be the biggest turkey since the days of the Ottoman Empire.

Having a quiet natter with USA Today, Ballmer said that there was no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.

He said that the iPod was a $500 subsidised item which might make a lot of cash but will cost shedloads for a two or three percent market share.

He said that the only reason the Apple did well with the Ipod was because it got out early. Balmer praised Jobs for realising that you can't just think about the device and all the pieces separately. However he said that it was not like the rest of the world was at the end of the line when it came to Ipod-like inventions.

"My 85-year-old uncle probably will never own an Ipod, and I hope we'll get him to own a Zune", he said. An 85 year-old member of the Ballmer family still has his hearing?

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