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Saturday, February 11, 2006
Gates: Microsoft, partners to challenge Apple iPod
Microsoft Corp and its hardware partners will continue to develop new digital media devices aimed at challenging the dominance of Apple Computer Inc's ubiquitous iPod music player, Chairman Bill Gates said on Friday.
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"I don't think what's out on the market today is the final answer," Gates said, speaking to a group of minority students. "Between us and our partners, you can expect some pretty hot products coming out over the next few years."
The Microsoft founder praised Apple's iTunes music store and said the software giant was talking with hardware partners to create media devices that can be less expensive and easier to connect and can handle pictures and video better.
Gates said the market share for digital music players compatible with Microsoft software is around 20 per cent, a figure that is lower than he would like.