In a news.com interview, Sun Microsystems’ CEO has this to say:
“”Your iPod is like your home answering machine. It’s a temporary thing,” McNealy said at a panel discussion featuring reminiscences by Sun’s four cofounders at the Computer History Museum here. “It’s going to be hard to sell a lot of iPods five years from now when every cell phone is going to be able to automatically access your library wherever you are.”
Of course, Sun has a vested interest in the view: It hopes to sell the hardware and software that would be used for such a networked service.
McNealy doesn’t use his iPod, he said, but it’s nothing personal.
“I just never have time. With four boys, age 4,6,8 and 10, if you don’t hear anything you’ve got to be scared. Every moment on an airplane I am sleeping or reading hard copy. When I’m in the car I’m listening to KCBS and getting angry. My wife doesn’t like it when I come home and put on my iPod,” McNealy said, pantomiming the act as he called out “Hi honey” and performed a brief seated boogie.”
Scott, instead of criticizing products you don’t get, you might want to work on making your own stuff similarily successful. If you haven’t been commoditized in 5 years from now, count yourself lucky.