The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is
running an article with an interview from Yussuf Medhi, VP over in MSN land. Yussuf talks about the upcoming MSN Music service and new portable music devices. Do you think Microsoft will make a dent in iTunes's market lead? Do you refuse to give up your
"Number one, our strategy is certainly to offer a multitude of devices. I think the iPod’s a great product, but there’s a lot of opportunities. They’re only in 4 percent of U.S. homes today, even with all the success they’ve had. There are a number of other great devices that are coming out. I personally have spent time with a bunch of hardware manufacturers who will launch hardware products when we ship our service that will look and feel as good as the iPod product. And they will undoubtedly be a little bit less expensive. … The proposition is that you can buy a number of different devices with the MSN Music service as opposed to just a single device from Apple.
"The other thing is, of course, we’ll have a very broad selection of music. My goal is that if we don’t have the broadest selection, we’re tied for the broadest selection of music. We’ll have the best discovery (of songs), it’ll work with your Windows PCs, and that alone I think will give us a big enough market share that we certainly should be able to go out there and be in a nice horse race, if not take the lead at some point in the future."