Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bad Apple, Good Apple.

NBC President Jeff Zucker, best known for taking the channel from No. 1 to No. 4 while head of programming recently accused Apple of being greedy.

Apple sold millions of dollars worth of hardware off the back of our content, and made a lot of money,” Zucker claims. “They did not want to share in what they were making off the hardware or allow us to adjust pricing.”

Is there anyone who bought an iPod just to watch videos on it, let alone just to watch NBC TV shows? Sure, the iTunes Store has contributed to iPod growth, but then again, “The Office” found an audience largely because of iTunes.

Come to think of it, shouldn’t Jeff be asking Sony. LG and all the other makers of DVD players for a cut of their profits because without NBC DVDs, people wouldn’t want to have DVD players in their homes?

Oo is this just going along with the maxim that any publicity is good publicity, and lets face it Zucker and co. have an uphill battle ahead when they launch Hulu, and they need all the publicity they can get.

More sensibly, PC World recently crowned the Apple MacBook the fastest Windows Vista note book that they’ve tested:

The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year–or for that matter, ever–is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro’s PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway’s E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows.

Hey didn’t Apple have the fastest laptop running XP as well….?

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