Friday, June 27, 2008

Bill Gates On Apple's iTunes

In 2003 Bill Gates admires Steve Jobs mojos for striking a 'better licensing deal' with the record labels for iTunes.

He thinks Microsoft can do it better and quicker.

That was in 2003.

Original Message
Erom: Bill Gates
Sent: Wed 4/30/2003 10:46 PM
To: Amir Ma3~dimehr; Dave ~ester
Cc: Will Poole; Christopher Payne; Yusuf Mehdi; David Cole; Hank Vigll

Subject: Apple’s Jobs again.., and time to have a great Windows download service...

Steve Jobs abilizy to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user
interface right and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.

This time somehow he has applled his talents In getting a better licensing deal than
anyone else has gotten fmr music.

This is very strange to me. The music companies own operations offer a service that is
truly unfriendly to the user and has been reviewed that way consistently.

Somehow they decide to give Apple the ability to do something pretty good.

I remember discussing EMusic and us saying that model was better than subscription because
you would know what you are getting.

With the subscription who can prornlse you that the cool new stuff you want (or old stuff)
will be there?

I am not saying this strangeness means we messed up - at least if we did so did Real and
Pressplay ant Musicnet and basically everyone else.

Now that Jobs has done ~t we need to move fast to get somethlng where the UI and Rights
are as good.

I am not sure whether we should do this through one of these ~s or not, I am not sure
what the problems are.

However I think we need some plan to prove that even though Jobs has us a bit flat footed
again we move quick and both match and do stuff better.

I’m sure people have a lot of thoughts on thls. If the plan is clear no meetlng is needed.

I want to make suxe we are coordinated between Windows DMD, MSN and other groups.