我们甚至从来没有听说过这个“iTunes音乐商店”你说

公司副总裁Yusuf Mehdi MSN,在一个interview published today in the Seattle Times:

问Is this something Microsoft decided to do because of Apple and iTunes?

一个我们肯定会这样做我们自己的We were on a path already to provide great music services and so the Apple effort didn’t really change what we would have done.

不,当然不是为了应对iTunes音乐商店Why, I’m sure they even decided on the name of their每周的电子邮件时事通讯年前:

微软的“新音乐”星期二通讯。

I mean, what’s Microsoft supposed to do? Release their new music on星期三吗?

(由于Jesper链接。)

更新

A bunch of readers have informed me via email that, for reasons which are apparently unknown, Tuesday has long been the day when the music industry releases new titlesSo my “Release their new music on Wednesdays?” crack about the day of the week is off-base, but come on — the确切的同样的通讯标题吗?

[最后一次更新:原因未知不再雅虎问:“为什么唱片公司发布艺术家专辑周二吗?”多亏了Konstantinos Christidis的链接。)

While I’m appending a postscript, it’s also worth pointing out the subsequent questions in Mehdi’s Seattle Times interview:

问为什么不是第一呢?

一个Apple had already gotten out before we had even thought about doing our own particular serviceWe weren’t going to be first regardless.

So then the question was, how quickly do we need to get out? Do we need to respond in three months or should we take our time and build a great service on our own plan, and that’s what we decided to do.

问你什么时候决定出售音乐吗?

一个一年前We actually sat down with Bill (Gates) and Steve (Ballmer) because they were involved in the decision. It’s a big decision to go to the point where we’re actually selling music directlyWe talked to them about it a year ago and we went back and forth on itWe showed them a prototype of what we thought we could deliver, and I think that really blew people away.

Both of which answers seem to contradict the first, that they were “on a path already to provide great music services” before the ITMS.