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Apple and Sony?? That's More Like Apples and Oranges

Author: Steve Holt
Published: October 26, 2010 at 8:26 am

Sometimes these things are so transparent that they are laughable. The rumor this morning is that Apple is going to buy Sony. Pardon me for a minute while I snort out the coffee that just went up my nose when I laughed.

Everyone knows that Apple has more money than God, and they could very well buy anybody they wanted. But let me very quickly posit why this, as they say here in the south, ain't gonna happen!

1. Apple is one of the most singularly-focused companies, like ever. Whatever Steve Jobs wants, Apple does. He has that kind of hold on the company. Apple hasn't been perfect, and Steve Jobs wouldn't make a bone-headed mistake like this.

2. Merging the company names just wouldn't work... what are they gonna call it? Sapple? Yeah, that's exactly what would happen... the life would be sapped out of both companies.

3. What really is causing this is an interview with former Apple CEO, John Sculley, that was published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek called "Being Steve Jobs' Boss". In that interview Sculley says that Steve Jobs has admired Sony for 25 years for the way they do business and create products.

So let's all just take a deep breath and go back to doing what we all really enjoy doing first thing in the morning... reading Technorati!  Somebody pass the creamer.  I need a new cup of coffee.


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