Bill Gates: Mobile phones to take over iPod

May 12 2005 - 01:09 PM ET | In The News
Microsoft founder Bill Gates told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he sees mobile phones overtaking the iPod as the top portable music player. Of course, Mr. Gates sees Windows Mobile 5.0 as a major reason phones will win out. bq. "As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run... You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strong in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphics user interface -- like the iPod today -- and then lost its position..." Nokia recently announced the N91, a music centric handset with an included hard drive. Sony Ericsson will launch the W800i, its first Walkman phone, later this year. Motorola is expected to show off several phones with iTunes built-in this summer, including the Motorola ROKR.