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Apple may have to pay Microsoft $10 for every iPod it sells

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] War over iPod technology[​IMG][​IMG]

    The US Patent Office has ruled that Microsoft has the right to charge competitors a licence fee for each iPod sold.

    Furious, Apple has said it will appeal the decision but at the moment it looks as though the firm will be paying a high price for the success of its product.

    The iPod was launched in November 2001 but Apple waited until July 2002 to file for a patent; Microsoft snuck in to license some of the technology the previous May.

    David Kaefer, Microsoft's director of intellectual property licensing, said it was open to letting other firms patent its innovations.

    He said: "In general, our policy is to allow others to license our patents so they can use our innovative methods in their products.

    "Microsoft and Apple have previously licensed their respective patent portfolios to one another and we maintain a good working relationship with Apple."

    The dispute comes days after Microsoft declared war on the iPod and pledged to come up with a series of rivals.

    So far, 21 million iPods have been sold worldwide, 18 million in the last year alone.


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  2. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    war of the geeks,,, the end is near... :doah:
     
  3. sled_dog

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    whats great is that Microsoft owns part of Apple(as far as I know), and the new Apple computers are going to be almost PCs instead of Macs and possibly able to run Windows operating systems :haha: Lets fight, but get really close at the same time....
     
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    I hate iPods.

    Why can't Apple come up with a kickarse product that doesn't scream "I'm gay" when using it?
    And why can't they come up with a dopey consumer product that doesn't have "i" prefixing it?

    And I hate the term pod. All these friggin retards now doing "Podcasting" tick me off. Pods are things that peas come from and seeds are stored in, not digital walkmen.

    I hate companies like apple that come up with great ideas and products, then package them so retardedly.

    Kudo's to M$. I wish they'd sink apple already...


    *part of the above comes from a long standing rivalry between a mac geek friend ans I. I actually own 1 or 2 macs...
     
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  6. Leper

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    How about "iPOOP" or "iPOT" saw that somewhere in a magazine. mabey mad
     

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