In case you needed proof that Microsoft was bad ass, look no further: Apple to Pay Microsoft for Ipods
While all you Ipod lovers (see: idiots) were touting Apple's superiority and mocking Bill Gates for falling behind, the man was pulling off the heist of the century. Instead of coming up with his own product, and thus having to devote time and resources, he felt it would be better to simply make Apple pay him to release THEIR OWN INVENTION.
The iPod was launched in November 2001 but Apple waited until July 2002 to file for a patent; Microsoft snuck in to license some of the technology the previous May.
Furious, Apple has said it will appeal the decision but at the moment it looks as though the firm will be paying a high price for the success of its product.
While Apple was busy adding fruity colors to their palette and whoring out U2, Gates was exhibiting that one thing that Apple's history has been completely devoid of...business sense. Is there a better market position than forcing your competitor to pay you money? If Ipods continue selling well, then Bill gets even richer, and if sales drop off, well it probably means its because people are buying Microsoft products...and you guessed it, Bill gets even richer.
Way to go Apple, I hope the road to obscurity treats you well. How is that Ipod shuffle working out? Oh, wait, no one can answer that question because not a single person bought one. Anyone still buying iMacs? Or was that just other one of your worthless products bought solely by fad hungry metrosexual losers? History sure likes to repeat itself, doesn't it?
I know it seems weird, but this move absolutely astounds me with its awesomeness. I've always been a PC guy, but this solidifies that for life. I'd like to see Apple try and call Bill Gates a nerd as they stuff money into his pockets due to their own stupidity.
So with that, I tip my cap to William Gates for kicking the crap out of Apple for the 400 millionth time.