My sense is, it's actually kind of an interesting dynamic. Microsoft, for reasons that I don't understand - but I welcome - seems to be trying to cram a proprietary Microsoft-only agenda down the throat of the entire consumer electronics industry, and the entire mobile industry, and the entire media industry.
"Rob Glaser" is the founder of RealNetworks (1994) which produces RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer, and Helix project/Helix, among other products and services. Before founding RealNetworks, he had become a millionaire by working for Microsoft for ten years.
Glaser, while Chief Executive of RealNetworks, clashed repeatedly with Tony Fadell, widely known as the Godfather of the iPhone and iPod, who then left the company after 6 weeks and went on to founding the products for Apple.
Glaser is a graduate of Yale University with an MA degree in Economics and a BS degree in Computer Science.
On June 16, 2004, Glaser received the Music Visionary Award, along with EMI Vice Chairman David Munns, from the Music for Youth Foundation, and the United Jewish Appeal.
Glaser was the 22nd largest individual donor to 527 groups in the 2004 US election, donating over $2.2 million to pro-Democratic organizations. He was the leading creditor to Air America Radio, loaning at least $9.8 million according to its bankruptcy filing. In addition, along with economist Jeffrey Sachs and public health expert Josh Ruxin, Glaser founded the Access Project, an NGO dedicated to improving health care in Rwanda by increasing management capacity at health centers.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous businessmen! More Rob Glaser on Wikipedia.
There's the growth of bandwidth, and that is a fundamentally positive trend for us, because it allows us to deliver better and better experiences.
In terms of market dynamics, just look at the broadband trend and the growth in the wide range of devices. I wouldn't say we're going into an era where PCs are irrelevant, and I certainly wouldn't say that to PC Magazine, but I think we're going into an era where the PC is just one of a number of important devices.
We'll have some video download services if you just want to get a movie trailer and watch it, but in terms of streaming content, we'll mostly be doing audio - the stuff we did back in '95 with the PC. So in the everything-old-is-new-again world, we're seeing familiar trends in the mobile market.
Mobile entertainment is a huge opportunity. We are committed to mobile just as much as we are to PCs.
While 2001 was a challenging year, we believe we are now entering a period of renewed growth.
I think all this stuff, ultimately, is going to blow over, ... Once the record companies make their collections available in a reasonable way, from an economic standpoint, consumers don't have to choose between not downloading or downloading illegally.
This fascination with the convergence of media and technology -- that's something that's compelled me for probably 20 years.