iPods in Redmond

By Deane Barker on February 2, 2005

Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill: This is pretty funny.

Microsoft’s leafy corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, is beginning to look like the streets of New York, London and just about everywhere else: Wherever you go, white headphones dangle from peoples’ ears.

To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft’s management, Apple Computer’s iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft’s workers.

[…] So concerned is management, owning an iPod at Microsoft is beginning to become impolitic, the manager said. Employees are hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair.



  1. Microsoft come on! iPods are cool, the iPod shuffle is cooler still. Why fight Apple on design they won a long time ago. Take your billions and purchase design from Apple R&D.. or just buy apple.

    I don’t own an apple and I don’t like the OS for the most part, I’ve used one a time or two before. But after watching this years Apple Keynote they have some neat ideas and features that MSFT could learn from and push into their products…

  2. Yes one reference makes a story.

    Ford doesn’t make its employees drive only Fords to work and Microsoft is the same.

    I find it hard to believe that the management are frowned on, and if the management are sending out memos it would be regarding the use of such devices in the office, not about the brand.

    I might consider believing this story if there was more than one anonymous source.

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