Over at Macrumors.com, I noticed mini summery of a new Newsweek interview with Steve Jobs.
Here’s an interesting quote:
“Finally, Jobs was asked if he was worried about Microsoft’s upcoming media player (Zune) and its “community” features:
‘In a word, no. I’ve seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you’ve gone through all that, the girl’s got up and left! You’re much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you’re connected with about two feet of headphone cable.’
I remember Steve talking about meeting girls via music and the iPod in another article a couple of years ago, but I’ve not been able to dig that article up.
This reminds me of an old Wired Magazine article about iPod sharing, where the Register’s Andrew Orlowski suggested that turning an iPod into a personal micro-radio station would be “revolutionary.”
“It would greatly annoy the RIAA, which would argue that it’s a portable Napster,” he wrote in 2002. “But … this music-sharing appliance could have fairly dramatic social effects…. You could get promiscuous with strangers: You could pair and exchange a song on the same short bus ride. You could create short, ad hoc personal broadcasts, to anyone else with a Bluetooth iPod. You could have a ‘What am I listening to?’ menu option and share your choice with anyone within discoverable range.”
It’s interesting to see that for now, Steve Jobs has rejected the wireless approach in favor of a more tactile experience.