In a discussion about Microsoft's decision to pay a $1-per-unit royalty on each Zune player sold, Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris implied that personal music players help the proliferation of stolen music. "These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," Morris said. "It's time to get paid for it," he added.
Taiwan-based computer maker Acer Inc. may become the world's third-largest PC vendor after Hewlett-Packard and Dell by the end of 2007, according to industry experts. The company's low-cost computers are popular in the fast-growing markets of China, India and Eastern Europe.
The best-selling item for CE retailers this holiday is expected to be Apple Computer's iPod, followed by Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii, according to a recent survey of major electronics retailers.