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Van Baker Quotes

The company has changed almost completely. With Steve Jobs back at the helm and the links to Hollywood, they're going to be the company to watch in the digital entertainment space for at least a few years to come.
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#Company

It's a step in the right direction ... it's another enhancement to the service
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#Direction

The media market it fragmenting like crazy right now,
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#Media

Right now, it's no more than a couple of ideas in his head that still have to be turned into games.
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#Ideas

This is just people hedging their bets, ... They don't want to sour the business relationship if the other side wins. It all reinforces [the idea that] there will be a format war, and with a format war, nobody wins.
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#Business

That's the safe choice, because that's what you already know and that's what you've got,
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#Choice

It's hard to say what he might do; it could be anything,
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#Hard

Cisco wants people in the entertainment and computing industry to understand that they are the way to get something from point A to point B over the Internet.
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#Entertainment

It's very important for Apple. It changes the rules of the game.
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#Rules

They just changed the rules of the game completely. Rival players are going to look big and clunky by comparison.
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#Rules

It's not to anybody's advantage to have a format war out there.
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#War

As far as the format war, for all intents and purposes, it's over,
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#War

I think we're going to have a protracted format war.
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#War

In many ways, I do view portable media players as a technology in search of a market. If I'm carrying music with me, chances are I want to carry something that's a little smaller than a personal music player.
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#Media

Not very many companies are bold enough to shoot their best-selling product at the peak of its popularity. That's what Apple just did.
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#Popularity

Many consumers are uncomfortable trying to figure out how to print envelopes on their printers. And the alternative of printing the postage on the letter itself requires a window envelope, which most consumers are not using.
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#Trying

That's a disappointment for them but not altogether a surprise.
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#Disappointment

We don't see any reason that this will slow down anytime soon. The transition of entertainment from analog to digital, of time-shifting and place-shifting, is just getting under way.
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#Entertainment

To the degree this is perceived by consumers as a format war, everyone's going to vote by leaving their wallet in their pocket. If any of these guys are expecting to go mainstream, they're going to have to come to agreement, or else someone has to win.
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#War

This is Microsoft trying to force the issue on the format war. I'm not sure what this accomplishes other than perpetuating the format war.
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#Force

We've got a format war on our hands, and the longer it goes on, the more likely physical media becomes irrelevant.
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#Media

Voice recognition is like handwriting [recognition] in that it's another technology that's always just around the corner. When you speak, it makes a difference if you are tired or energized, if consuming alcohol or not, if upset or feeling good. Your voice changes dramatically under those situations, and that makes it a challenge.
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#Technology

It seems like a computer that could finally go into the living room.
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#Living

The Mini is small enough that people will consider adding it to their living room consoles. The transition of bringing the computer into the living room won't happen overnight, but this is a good first step.
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#Living

I fully expect to see more directed at the living room cabinet.
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#Living

Ultimately, for them to sustain their growth and be successful in the long term, they're going to have to move in new directions and tackle some new product lines that they don't have and haven't historically done. That's going to take significant investment.
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#Growth

There's a whole lot of reasons why people choose Windows or a Mac. It's not as if one getting delayed slightly is suddenly going to cause you to switch platforms.
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#People

Steve is the one thing no other company can duplicate. He's the special sauce at Apple.
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#Company