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Apple has jumped two spots in one firm's Web property rankings. Meanwhile, Michael Dell is back at the helm of the company he founded 27 years ago. And over in Redmond, a Zune honcho has tossed in the towel.

Apple secures 11th spot in Web rankings

The number of unique visitors to Apple Inc's web sites continued to swell during the month of December, edging the iPod maker up two more spots in a worldwide ranking of top web properties.

According to data released Wednesday by comScore, the Cupertino-based company saw more than 111 million visitors to its websites during the December holiday month, good enough to make it the web's 11th most trafficked property. That's up from 13th place the previous year.

Rollins gone, Dell back in

Dell said Wednesday that founder Michael Dell will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, replacing Kevin Rollins, who also stepped down from the company's board.

The No. 2 PC manufacturer in the same statement said it expects fourth-quarter fiscal 2007 results to miss estimates for both revenue and earnings per share.

"Dell has tremendous opportunities ahead of it," said Mr. Dell. "I am enthusiastic about Dell 2.0, which includes our plan to provide the best customer experience, build a strong global services business and ensure our products deliver the best long-term customer value."

Top Zune exec to pursue other interests

Meanwhile, a senior Microsoft executive who oversaw the launch of Zune plans to leave the company, the Associated Press is reporting.

Bryan Lee, corporate vice president at Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, will reportedly severe ties with the Redmond-based software giant sometime in the next several weeks in order to "pursue personal interests."

Lee is a key deputy of Robbie Bach, head of Microsoft's entertainment and device division. He'll be replaced by J Allard, one of the early Xbox leaders.

Microsoft still hopes to sell its millionth Zune by the end of June.
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Woot! 1st post. ...I'll make some sensible comments sooon.... I swear! First Post !!!111!!!! w0000t!
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I wonder if Bryan Lee is leaving because of the resounding success of Zune.
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Microsoft still hopes to sell its millionth Zune by the end of June.

Yeah, good luck with that.
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Microsoft hasn't sold a million of those plastic turds yet?

The inertia of iPod users' growing libraries of Apple DRM'd content is going to make it more and more difficult with each passing day for anyone to challenge Apple's dominance. I mean, if Microsoft can't do it...
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All the best, Bryan. I don't player hate, I hate the *game* not the player. At best, to use a favourite quote of mine, thou were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. At worst, thou were receiveth up the arse from Steve "Squirter" Ballmer.

In quite repose, shall we reflect on some favourite moments and quotes:

The Zune's 1 million figure "is spot on with where we thought we'd be," said Bryan Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft's entertainment group. "Apple is the market leader. We didn't expect to beat them this holiday, but we wanted to be relevant and we wanted a chance to grow. I think we are on plan...Over time, the market share will sort itself out".
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...UGETMQNHR1.DTL

Zune owners can share songs with each other but the music only lasts for three days or three plays and that restriction is present regardless of whether the song is copyrighted. But there is a meeting scheduled soon between the music industry and Microsoft to review these restrictions according to the Houston Chronicle. "We're looking for the sweet spot" between content restrictions and consumer convenience, Microsoft VP Bryan Lee said. He also said that other Zune Wi-Fi applications are in development.

http://hypebot.typepad.com/hypebot/2...oft_to_me.html

In an article in today's New York Times, Microsoft's VP of Entertainment and Devices Bryan Lee is asked about the missing Internet download feature: "Would the Zune ever be able to connect to the Internet? Could someone walk into a Starbucks and use the connection there to download a song? Mr. Lee answered without hesitation: 'Probably, one day.'"

http://db.tidbits.com/article/8750

Microsoft revealed they intend to sell 1 million Zunes and 15 million XBOX 360's by June 30 and they are currently on track to reach that number. Bryan Lee, vice-president of entertainment business indicated "It's totally in line with our expectations".
From a truly tragic Zune propaganda site.
http://www.zunescene.com/
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All into perspective. That is, WHAT THE F**K IS/WAS THIS ZUNE THING ABOUT ANYWAY????
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Microsoft hasn't sold a million of those plastic turds yet?

The inertia of iPod users' growing libraries of Apple DRM'd content is going to make it more and more difficult with each passing day for anyone to challenge Apple's dominance. I mean, if Microsoft can't do it...

I'm sure all senior Microsoft management will be asked to buy a hundred thousand each over the next few months
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post #9 of 60
What no schadenfreude over the karmic decline of Mr. Kevin 'Liquidate-Apple-and-give-back-the-money-to-the-shareholdrs' Rollins?
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What is this 'Zune' of which you speak?
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Whenever I see 'Ballmer' and 'Squirt' in the same sentence I just double-up and fall on the floor. You couldn't make this shit up.
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Oh God, Michael Dell is talking about "Dell 2.0". They are completely doomed.
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Oh God, Michael Dell is talking about "Dell 2.0". They are completely doomed.

Or at least "beleaguered" 8)
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Originally Posted by tundraboy View Post

What no schadenfreude over the karmic decline of Mr. Kevin 'Liquidate-Apple-and-give-back-the-money-to-the-shareholdrs' Rollins?

Wasn't it Dell himself who gave that advice to Jobs?
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Wasn't it Dell himself who gave that advice to Jobs?

Yes.

http://news.com.com/Dell+Apple+shoul..._3-203937.html
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Bryan Lee, corporate vice president at Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, will reportedly severe ties with the Redmond-based software giant sometime in the next several weeks in order to "pursue personal interests."

I guess one of his interests will be trying to find another employer.

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LOL. I wonder if Michael Dell put any ketchup on the crow he's had to eat over that one.



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LOL. I wonder if Michael Dell put any ketchup on the crow he's had to eat over that one.

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I dunno - it sounds like the sort of thing you'd say when you're trying to be helpful
(helping yourself, I mean.)
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LOL. I wonder if Michael Dell put any ketchup on the crow he's had to eat over that one.

.

Heh.
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Oh God, Michael Dell is talking about "Dell 2.0". They are completely doomed.

Dell 2.0 = Even thinner profit margins due to extra R&D, product design and marketing to bring teh sexyback to Dell.
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Dell 2.0 = Even thinner profit margins due to extra R&D, product design and marketing to bring teh sexyback to Dell.


Sexyback, sexybak - I'll give you sexyback, punk.
http://www.dell.com/content/products...=19&l=en&s=dhs

No cracks about the stabilisers either !

dirty mike.


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Why does an inanimate object have wings? What is this the 50s?
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Why does an inanimate object have wings? What is this the 50s?


It's teh sexyback !
Since we purchased Alienware we've come a long way with teh sexyback.

I think it's obvious.

M
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It's teh sexyback !
Since we purchased Alienware we've come a long way with teh sexyback.

I think it's obvious.

M

I like it.

New ads with the return of the Dell guy, running around the parking lots of strip malls, grabbing people by the lapels and screaming "DUDE! YOU'RE GETTING TEH SEXYBACK!!", with lingering reaction shots of his victims faces contorted in terror.

New tag line: "Dell. AAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!"
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post #25 of 60
Zune is zuned

or

Zune is zoon to be zuned!

(Dictionary: zuned = doomed)
Zune zucks...Flop show...then it may be too zoon to say that
I don't know how to zunecast!
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Zune zucks...Flop show...then it may be too zoon to say that
I don't know how to zunecast!
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What is this 'Zune' of which you speak?

If Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer had a child, it would be named Zune.
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Originally Posted by iPoodOverZune View Post

Zune is zuned

or

Zune is zoon to be zuned!

(Dictionary: zuned = doomed)

And not a moment too zune!

PS: You have crated a brilliant name, btw. But a year from now, people might have trouble deconstructing it....
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All the best, Bryan. I don't player hate, I hate the *game* not the player. At best, to use a favourite quote of mine, thou were rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. At worst, thou were receiveth up the arse from Steve "Squirter" Ballmer.

In quite repose, shall we reflect on some favourite moments and quotes:

The Zune's 1 million figure "is spot on with where we thought we'd be," said Bryan Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft's entertainment group. "Apple is the market leader. We didn't expect to beat them this holiday, but we wanted to be relevant and we wanted a chance to grow. I think we are on plan...Over time, the market share will sort itself out".
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...UGETMQNHR1.DTL

Zune owners can share songs with each other but the music only lasts for three days or three plays and that restriction is present regardless of whether the song is copyrighted. But there is a meeting scheduled soon between the music industry and Microsoft to review these restrictions according to the Houston Chronicle. "We're looking for the sweet spot" between content restrictions and consumer convenience, Microsoft VP Bryan Lee said. He also said that other Zune Wi-Fi applications are in development.

http://hypebot.typepad.com/hypebot/2...oft_to_me.html

In an article in today's New York Times, Microsoft's VP of Entertainment and Devices Bryan Lee is asked about the missing Internet download feature: "Would the Zune ever be able to connect to the Internet? Could someone walk into a Starbucks and use the connection there to download a song? Mr. Lee answered without hesitation: 'Probably, one day.'"

http://db.tidbits.com/article/8750

Microsoft revealed they intend to sell 1 million Zunes and 15 million XBOX 360's by June 30 and they are currently on track to reach that number. Bryan Lee, vice-president of entertainment business indicated "It's totally in line with our expectations".
From a truly tragic Zune propaganda site.
http://www.zunescene.com/

Thanks for those great quotes. Best laffs of the day!

I wonder what happens to their European market entry plans, tho.
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I like it.

New ads with the return of the Dell guy, running around the parking lots of strip malls, grabbing people by the lapels and screaming "DUDE! YOU'RE GETTING TEH SEXYBACK!!", with lingering reaction shots of his victims faces contorted in terror.

New tag line: "Dell. AAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!"




Now see, I just knew someone would chime in with some sort of ridiculous suggestion like that.

I keep telling ya - we already got sexy aplenty over here at Dell.
Design, product range and best of all - we got Vista !
Don't want the ultimate version ? - well, MicroSoft have thought of that for you.
There's a whole range of more affordable options of the new version of Windoz. (sheesh, did I just type that ?) I mean, Windows that you can choose to run.

Sexy aplenty I tell ya, uh huh, oh yeah.
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of what year?
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Bryan Lee is leaving? Zo Zune!?
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of what year?

Pick one! LOL!
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LOL. I wonder if Michael Dell put any ketchup on the crow he's had to eat over that one.



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That's funny because the crown is about to get eaten.
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Woot! 1st post. ...I'll make some sensible comments sooon.... I swear! First Post !!!111!!!! w0000t!

When? You haven't made any so far!
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Originally Posted by Guartho View Post

Why does an inanimate object have wings? What is this the 50s?

You don't remember Toast's flying toasters?
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When? You haven't made any so far!

Quiet, you. Don't make me race you to 8,000 posts.
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Quiet, you. Don't make me race you to 8,000 posts.

I thought that one was over. Good thing I was away for a few days, or I would be nearing 7,700.
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of what year?

Microsoft still hopes to sell its millionth Zune by the end of June. 2007...

""We think a lot of Zunes are sitting underneath Christmas trees," Reindorp said..."

http://news.com.com/2100-1041_3-6141431.html

"Microsoft has predicted it will sell 1 million Zune devices in its first six months, a figure that would be more than Zune’s chief rival iPod sold in its first 14 months but a relatively slow start for the much-hyped MP3 device."

http://playlistmag.com/news/2006/12/...ales/index.php
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I thought that one was over. Good thing I was away for a few days, or I would be nearing 7,700.

Post Whore.
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Post Whore.

I'm following in your footsteps, but I walk faster.
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