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In an interview in May 2004 to a German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Bill Gates, a longtime competitor of Apple, expressed skepticism about the iPod‘s long-term dominance. He predicted that mobile phones, with their growing capabilities, would eventually take over as the preferred method for portable music listening.

The Microsoft co-founder compared the situation to Apple’s earlier success with the Macintosh computer.While initially strong, Apple lost market share in the PC market. He saw a similar trajectory for the iPod. “As good as Apple may be, I don’t believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run,’ he said in the interview. “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,” Gates said.

Why Bill Gates prediction seemed way off the mark then.
At the time, Gates’ prediction seemed far-fetched. The iPod was hugely popular, selling millions of units, while mobile phones were generally bulky and lacked the music storage and playback features of a dedicated MP3 player.

However, Gates’ prediction turned out to be…

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