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  • Rumor: Apple May Acquire Sony



    It's an eye-opening headline for certain, and one that's making the rounds throughout various media today, as Apple is believed to be considering a strategic acquisition of Sony. For now, we must responsibly classify this one as a rumor until more concrete evidence surfaces. But with better than $50 billion in the bank, Apple can certainly afford the logical buy. But just because Apple can... doesn't mean that it will.

    When rumors of the potential buyout first leaked, the trading volume of Sony exploded and escalated close to 3% at one point. And while many analysts have dismissed the rumor-talk, Sony and Apple aren't talking - a situation that could speak volumes.

    Barron's was among the first to note that Apple may soon scoop up the consumer electronics giant. The speculation, however, also included talk of potential acquisitions for Adobe and Disney. Sony, however, remains the most likely contender for an Apple buyout, especially given the recent comments of former Apple CEO John Sculley to Bloomberg, suggesting that Steve Jobs is head-over-heels enamored with Sony.

    During Apple's most recent earnings call, Jobs uncharacteristically jumped on the line to offer comment on the runaway growth and earnings of his company. It was at that time that Jobs made clear his intention of using Apple's massive cash reserves to make big moves within the tech world. And an acquisition of Sony would fit that description perfectly.

    Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Apple May Acquire Sony started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 99 Comments
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Lol.. this is complete BULL. Not gonna happen. Facebook, Disney, Adobe, Comcast even... maybe. Sony, no. Japan is not gonna sell off one of it's prized companies to an American company. Sony has so much debt too... the whole thing doesnt make sense. Its like Pocahontas marries John Smith all over again!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      this would scare the hell out of me, i dont really see it happening but hell Steve owns disney I didnt see that happening either.
    1. bcondemi's Avatar
      bcondemi -
      Better start buying some apple stocks before they go skyrocketing ....
    1. Chevyman209's Avatar
      Chevyman209 -
      So would ps3's have an A4 in them?
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      hahha funny rumor, Sony will NEVER sell to apple. To many products as well as dominant products....Just imagine, iPS4, lol, where the hell you guys get your sources from.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      Lol.. this is complete BULL. Not gonna happen. Facebook, Disney, Adobe, Comcast even... maybe. Sony, no. Japan is not gonna sell off one of it's prized companies to an American company. Sony has so much debt too... the whole thing doesnt make sense. Its like Pocahontas marries John Smith all over again!
      Sony is publicly traded. I don't think the citizens of Japan have a say in the matter, but then I'm not too keen on the rules when buying a foreign company.

      But, if true this news is certainly disturbing. When one buys out the competition it's not good for the consumer.
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      apple could make one heck of a games console if they put there mind to it.

      anyway is it just me or could apple make an amazing camera? i thought about this when the iphone 1st came out????
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post
      God i hope this doesn't happen. I have so many Sony products. I don't want Apple to have a monopoly on me. Then that means everything i own will have an I in front of it.
      iPlaystation3 perhaps?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Never ever going to happen. Just no.
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Wow if Apple buys facebook & Sony in the next year everyone else might as well stop making consumer electronics yeesh!
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      When all else fails, let's make up a story.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      See this...

      Helping to spark the speculation was a Saturday report in Barron's that said cash-rich Apple could be contemplating a big acquisition and noted speculation about Adobe, Sony and Disney as potential targets.

      But even the author of the report, Eric Savitz, on Tuesday sought to clear up misconceptions about any potential combination of Apple and Sony.

      He wrote in a blog post on Barron's website, "In the piece I noted that the company could do something aggressive, like bidding for Adobe, Sony or even Disney. But that was pure speculation. Yeesh."

      The issue about Apple's acquisition plans gained steam earlier this month when, on conference call with investors and reporters, Chief Executive Steve Jobs was asked what the company would do with its $51 billion in cash.

      "We would like to continue to keep our powder dry, because we do feel that there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future," Jobs said.

      But analysts who follow technology downplayed the likelihood that Apple would chase Sony -- or any other major acquisition.

      "We don't see any acquisitions of any size," said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw in New York. "Apple is happy to keep its cash under the pillow."

      Kumar said a deal for Sony would be particularly unlikely. "It would be a cultural miss," he said.

      Sony spokeswoman Sue Tanaka said: "We cannot comment on rumors or speculation."

      Sony rally shortlived as speculation dismissed | Reuters
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      The only good thing I could see in this is that Sony Ericsson would finally **** off!

      :-)
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Another pointless article...
      There's posting news, then there's posting rumors, and then there's posting nonsense crap

      (by rumors I mean things Apple could do within logical reason and not pure fantasy)
    1. goldenchildrose's Avatar
      goldenchildrose -
      I hope this never happens if anything apple should acquire adobe
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      I don't think this is true. However if it is, I really think Apple should cool it's heels for a second. They're doing quite well right now, they don't need to acquire every freakin' thing
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      WOW! I don't believe this would be a nice idea
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post
      Wow, Michael Essany at it again, did you even read the reuters article...

      Moron.
      I hope you get banned, Calling him a moron is just disrespectful.

      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Well, at least you put "Rumor" in the title. Although, after reading the Reuters article "Bull****" would have been a more appropriate title.
      Dont Like it dont read quit ********.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Another pointless article...
      There's posting news, then there's posting rumors, and then there's posting nonsense crap

      (by rumors I mean things Apple could do within logical reason and not pure fantasy)
      You didnt have to click on the article so STFU.



      I wouldnt mind if Apple Bought Sony, Apple needs to get into the Game System Market.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihaveabu View Post
      lol this could be interesting. i have no issues against this.
      you do realise that if Apple do acquire Sony that will mean all Sony devices will sky rocket in price because Apple don't sell anything on the cheap (even if it costs them less that $100 to build they charge $500)

      I really hope this is false as it's bad enough with Apples prices the now.
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by norfskate View Post
      The only good thing I could see in this is that Sony Ericsson would finally **** off!

      :-)
      Agreed lol. Idk I wouldn't have a problem with it. Apple is a great company. It's about time they branch out to games and receivers and bluray players