Sounding a bit smug about Microsoft’s ability to knock off Apple products, Bill Gates predicted an anemic future for iPod.
His grim prediction was revealed in an interview published in German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, saying that iPod popularity has been a first generation temporary type of zeitgeist having the same fate as the Mac.
“You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strong in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphics user interface--like the iPod today--and then lost its position," said Gates.
"As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run."
Proving to be a shrewd marketer recently, especially with supposed Xbox information leaks, Gates didn’t hesitate to predict that mobile phones with similar music capabilities would eclipse the 15-million sold iPod, particularly Microsoft’s own so far blasé received Windows Mobile smartphone software.
"If you were to ask me which mobile device will take top place for listening to music, I'd bet on the mobile phone for sure," he added.