Steve Jobs calls Robbie Bach a drunk

Proving once again that the truth is stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction, Steve Jobs himself delivers one of the finest Oh no he didn't moments ever. Apparently riding high on the thrill of introducing the MacBook Air, a hit of oxygen from his personal stash, and the espresso colonic he'd received earlier in the day, old Jobsy went "off" on Microsoft's Robbie Bach when questioned about the executive's statement that the Zune was a "worthy alternative" to the iPod. "Was he inebriated?" Jobs asked CNBC reporter Jim Goldman, and then went on to inquire, "Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?" Uh, let's be honest -- that is way harsh. Robbie, we feel your burn... and eagerly await a response.

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What's really hilarious is that everybody (including Jobs) seems to forget a few years ago (before the dawn of the I-pud) when a large infusion of capital from MICROSOFT kept Apple from going under completely.

At the time journalists thought Gates was crazy bailing out his competitor.
IIRC, Gates said something along the lines of 'without a competitor, it wouldn't be as much fun.'

He must have been drunk, just like Jobs was saying. I mean, how else could that guy have made such a stupid comment. Jobs was right for questioning his sobriety... LOL! Jobs should have also questioned that guy's sanity, too.

Yeah, do you know anyone that has a Zune??!! If so, you're weird... LOL!

Eliakim said,
He must have been drunk, just like Jobs was saying. I mean, how else could that guy have made such a stupid comment. Jobs was right for questioning his sobriety... LOL! Jobs should have also questioned that guy's sanity, too.

Yeah, do you know anyone that has a Zune??!! If so, you're weird... LOL!

let me gues... you own an iPod... that says it all

Getting personally offended over a competitor claiming their product is better than yours, I wonder if that would cause Apple stocks to go up or down? Maybe the stakeholders should rethink having Steve Jobs as their mascot and perhaps get an animated one instead, I hear Tony the Tiger is looking for work.

Hahaha, this is exactly the type of thing I would've said to a friend. Everyone who is getting their panties in a twist needs to lighten up. I thought it was hilarious.

That's pathetic of Steve to do.

First of all.. just because a lot of people dont' own a Zune, doesnt' mean it's good.
Just because iPod is a top-seller, doesn't mean it's the best one.

I have an iRiver Clix Gen 2.. and it's AMAZING.. WAY better than an ipod.
Zunes are pretty good too!

People just need to explore their options.

That was very low of Steve to do though.. boo him!

When told something that makes people incredulous, I have heard them ask a rhetorical and figurative "are you high?" or "are you drunk?". Even recently stated by an MVC.

Surely, that is not calling the person "an alcoholic" or "a drug abuser". It is a figure of speech these days. Saying "holy crap" doesn't mean that I feel that feces should be revered.

Wow, since Macworld you've been on a serious anti-Jobs crusade. :/

Saying "holy crap" doesn't mean that I feel that feces should be revered.

betasp said,
Wow, talk about a wrong headline. He asked if the MS guy was drunk, he did not call him a drunk.

Agreed... What Jobs said was a joke, the headline makes it sound like a personal attack.

GreyWolfSC said,

Agreed... What Jobs said was a joke, the headline makes it sound like a personal attack.

true but anyway it shows he is a joke, just like his worshipers

awesome .. i loke jobs man ... this guy is nuts ... thaz why i like him ... entice him and you get a response ... +1 from me .. besides ... what was he going to do? kiss his ass? ... noooooooooooooooo

NPGMBR said,
Had my Zune80 since November and am quite pleased wih it. So there, now you know two people with a Zune. :rolleyes:

3 :)

and I've seen a lot of people on the near by screen whenever i use the metro. Sorry Jobs try again.

clearly, his mom never spanked him nor taught him any manners.

air head

and his Air laptop shows how much he understands customers' needs... puhleeease

abulfares said,
clearly, his mom never spanked him nor taught him any manners.

air head

and his Air laptop shows how much he understands customers' needs... puhleeease

because you don't sound childish at all... puhleeease

evo_spook said,
I take that also applies to Steve Balmer?
Is that the gentleman who throws chairs and is going to "F-ing kill" Google?

Let's face it. People are (mostly) human, and have times where they may let their emotions out a bit more than intended and say or do something that isn't quite "politically correct" every once in a while.

There's a huge difference between every once in awhile and... well, Steve Jobs, who just can't hold back his arrogant attitude. That's why it rubs off on many of his victims, er, "customers".

C_Guy said,
There's a huge difference between every once in awhile and... well, Steve Jobs, who just can't hold back his arrogant attitude. That's why it rubs off on many of his victims, er, "customers".

ah I see, so Steve Balmer is innocent but SJ is bad. Once in a while, I think SB has more of a record on this type of behaviour then SJ

evo_spook said,

ah I see, so Steve Balmer is innocent but SJ is bad. Once in a while, I think SB has more of a record on this type of behaviour then SJ


No, Balmer is a boor. Replacing him would give Microsoft a great PR boost, but it's not going to happen until he decides to go.

I wouldn't expect any different from him, based on all the accounts I have read from people who met him. It's important to note that popularity and quality don't always coincide. Look at iRiver, a lot of their products in the DAP space are innovative and work very well, but they aren't very popular. iRiver also doesn't have the kind of backing that Microsoft or Apple can push either. Granted they don't claim to be a "worthy alternative" even though they are. Microsoft has the resources to promote so why not? Apple needs some competition frankly. I'm an ex iPod user myself (3g, mini, and nano 3g) and switched to the Zune 80 and am really enjoying it. Now you know at least one person with a Zune!

Mungabba said,
To be fair I dont know anyone who owns a Zune.

To be even more fair, I don't know anyone that owns a Zune either, but I also don't know anyone personally (not on the internet) that owns an Apple product period. And everyone I know has a computer.

Well it's funnier than the usual carefully thought out pre-written media responses you'd expect to hear. This along with yesterday's 'Maybe this isn't the laptop for you' is showing Jobs to be an honest speaker, if nothing else.

Again:

Neowin is a technology site. Neowin always looks to keep users up-to-date with the most recent/interesting news, even when some users don't like.

The news is not for a small group (those which don't like some news) but for all our readers.

EL1TE said,
Again:

Neowin is a technology site. Neowin always looks to keep users up-to-date with the most recent/interesting news, even when some users don't like.

The news is not for a small group (those which don't like some news) but for all our readers.

Hi El1te..

Just a quicky based on your comment there. Taking your initial statement to be true (Neowin is a technology site), what on earth is a piece of trash journalism about a CEO's comments regarding the alcoholic status of another businessman doing in the NEWS area.

Granted it references Zune and Mac Air....but the title is 'obviously' making reference to his disparaging remark of a another party.

I'd expect this in a redtop.

EL1TE said,
Again:

Neowin is a technology site. Neowin always looks to keep users up-to-date with the most recent/interesting news, even when some users don't like.

The news is not for a small group (those which don't like some news) but for all our readers.

Im drunk.. I c red fonts

Wiggz said,
Hi El1te..

Just a quicky based on your comment there. Taking your initial statement to be true (Neowin is a technology site), what on earth is a piece of trash journalism about a CEO's comments regarding the alcoholic status of another businessman doing in the NEWS area.

Granted it references Zune and Mac Air....but the title is 'obviously' making reference to his disparaging remark of a another party.

I'd expect this in a redtop.


Each user has their own opinion, all people are free to give their opinion.

Basically the world has the Good and the bad things, and i think both should be known by the users, since some news interest X users and the other news interest another X users, and so on.

EL1TE said,

Each user has their own opinion, all people are free to give their opinion.

Basically the world has the Good and the bad things, and i think both should be known by the users, since some news interest X users and the other news interest another X users, and so on.

I totally agree and I am not adverse to the delights of opinions, however I simply feel that if you peddle this nice little site (not so little anymore) as a technology haven, then it should be about technology, not two, obviously wealthy people taking pot shots at each other.

You could loosely claim that it's an attack on the fact that nobody has purchased a Zune (an unfounded attack one might argue), but then amend the title to reflect this.

If I posted something with the title "filthy, dirty pro's for you" but the body of the story was actually a study about the amount of prostitutes working in the UK, and that the study was compiled on a super computer, I'd imagine some people might also object!

Wiggz said,
I totally agree and I am not adverse to the delights of opinions, however I simply feel that if you peddle this nice little site (not so little anymore) as a technology haven, then it should be about technology, not two, obviously wealthy people taking pot shots at each other.

You could loosely claim that it's an attack on the fact that nobody has purchased a Zune (an unfounded attack one might argue), but then amend the title to reflect this.

If I posted something with the title "filthy, dirty pro's for you" but the body of the story was actually a study about the amount of prostitutes working in the UK, and that the study was compiled on a super computer, I'd imagine some people might also object!


Yes, but since is happening' the MacWorld most of the news are about apple, that's the reason for all this Apple news.

:)

EL1TE said,

Yes, but since is happening' the MacWorld most of the news are about apple, that's the reason for all this Apple news.

:)

is that including the one yesterday that had to be changed from flame bait

evo_spook said,
is that including the one yesterday that had to be changed from flame bait

"Flame bait" is caused by users, doesn't matter if it's about Microsoft, Apple, Linux, etc

As i said each user have his opinion, and "Flame Bait" happens when some users don't like the opinion of the others, which it's not Neowin fault, everyone is free to give opinions.

Wiggz said,
Hi El1te..

Just a quicky based on your comment there. Taking your initial statement to be true (Neowin is a technology site), what on earth is a piece of trash journalism about a CEO's comments regarding the alcoholic status of another businessman doing in the NEWS area.


Have you forgotten where you are??

Neowin.net - Where unprofessional journalism looks better

EL1TE said,

"Flame bait" is caused by users, doesn't matter if it's about Microsoft, Apple, Linux, etc

As i said each user have his opinion, and "Flame Bait" happens when some users don't like the opinion of the others, which it's not Neowin fault, everyone is free to give opinions.

did you actually see what was written?

if what you said above is true, why did it get heavily rewritten?

EL1TE said,
"Flame bait" is caused by users, doesn't matter if it's about Microsoft, Apple, Linux, etc
No. "Flame bait" is just that. Something written that incites flames. Right in the Neowin Rules.

Neobond changed the FPN article and moved the original into his blog. All is well (and he did seem to agree that the original might have gotten "carried away").

well it's true, anywhere outside US and Canada - general consumer wise, ask they if they know what a zune is let alone if they own one and it'll make the point.

oh for **** sake, its a throw away comment...

the media **** me off sometimes, he did not imply that bach was a drunk (i.e. an alcoholic), Jobs is well within his rights to say what he said because it's TRUE!

*sigh*

BGM said,
oh for **** sake, its a throw away comment...

the media **** me off sometimes, he did not imply that bach was a drunk (i.e. an alcoholic), Jobs is well within his rights to say what he said because it's TRUE!

*sigh*

what exactly is true? I owned an iPod nano and iPod Video and well... they sucked. I got a Zune now and I have to say its way better than the iPod. If you dont like the Zune because sadly for Apple its actually selling more than they thought it would... then good, because Jobs and his fans are all idiots thinking they are in a different world. Thank goodness we have freedom of choice... still.

ozzieXP said,

what exactly is true? I owned an iPod nano and iPod Video and well... they sucked. I got a Zune now and I have to say its way better than the iPod. If you dont like the Zune because sadly for Apple its actually selling more than they thought it would... then good, because Jobs and his fans are all idiots thinking they are in a different world. Thank goodness we have freedom of choice... still.

don't have anything against the Zune, very good at what it does.

ozzieXP said,

what exactly is true? I owned an iPod nano and iPod Video and well... they sucked. I got a Zune now and I have to say its way better than the iPod. If you dont like the Zune because sadly for Apple its actually selling more than they thought it would... then good, because Jobs and his fans are all idiots thinking they are in a different world. Thank goodness we have freedom of choice... still.

i dont 'have anything' agaisnt any companies, or peices of electircal equipment they produce. this inclues blu ray/hd dvd, ps3.x360, and zune/ipod..

What im saying is "Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?" is true.. i dont know anyone with a zune but i know tens of people with an ipod

the main reason for me posting though was due to the ****ing meida, which i DO have something against.

I have an iPod touch. I personally think that the Zune cannot compete with it at ALL. However, I personally see no reason whatsoever to buy an iPod classic 80GB or Nano over a Zune 80 or 4/8, apart from Mac compatibility and file storage. Aside from that, I feel the Zune is better than Apple's classic iPod line. The controls are easier (sure, they're not so innovative like the touch wheel, but I personally have only been bothered by the touch wheel.), in my opinion they look better and they have wireless sync. iPod has one thing, though, that the Zune will NEVER have: the Apple name. (I'd say the iPod name, but iPhone is big, too) And in these days of brand and designer dependance, that is a BIG thing.

(ozzieXP said @ #3.1)

what exactly is true? I owned an iPod nano and iPod Video and well... they sucked. I got a Zune now and I have to say its way better than the iPod. If you dont like the Zune because sadly for Apple its actually selling more than they thought it would... then good, because Jobs and his fans are all idiots thinking they are in a different world. Thank goodness we have freedom of choice... still.

What choice do people have who pay a Windows tax for every PC sold? I don't see freedom from Microsoft's monopoly.

:-( I didnt expect a very popular CEO to comment & question like this... I live in India, Zune isnt selling here..but some of frnds coming from US get it along with ipod & other laptops...i am using it here...

"you even know anyone who owns a Zune"...Steve, i am here from chennai, India using Zune (way far from US)..

"Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?" Ha ha! How true (I live in the UK) Now if the Zune was made in the US by American workers and exported around the world, it might help save the US economy from imploding in the next couple of years

boho said,
"Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?" Ha ha! How true (I live in the UK) Now if the Zune was made in the US by American workers and exported around the world, it might help save the US economy from imploding in the next couple of years :rolleyes:

If you know me, then you know someone who has a Zune, and I live in the UK. The Zune is the main alternative to the iPod. Please just get the Zune out in Europe, then Apple will see how much difference the Zune can make.