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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. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post
      then that means everything i own will have an i in front of it.
      lmao!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      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.
      very good point!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I hope you get banned, Calling him a moron is just disrespectful.



      Dont Like it dont read quit ********.


      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.
      Did you read the Reuters link Messany provided? The article even states that it is purely speculation:

      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."
      There's no inside source or anything in this article. It is entirely hearsay and is by no means newsworthy. I clicked the link to read Messany's article on the notion that there could be reason for a serious discussion about it, but as usual I was sadly disappointed.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Did you read the Reuters link Messany provided? The article even states that it is purely speculation:



      There's no inside source or anything in this article. It is entirely hearsay and is by no means newsworthy. I clicked the link to read Messany's article on the notion that there could be reason for a serious discussion about it, but as usual I was sadly disappointed.
      If your sadly disappointed then why do you read the articles on MMI? Just o you can ***** about them ***** about them. I dont mean to be rude but I hate it when people ***** about things They DONT have to pay for.
    1. voodoo411's Avatar
      voodoo411 -
      I thought Sony was 100 times bigger than Apple. Isnt it?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by voodoo411 View Post
      I thought Sony was 100 times bigger than Apple. Isnt it?
      That's what I thought aswell.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      More great news for a 360 owner...
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      More great news for a 360 owner...
      Boooooo 360 RROD 8 months after purchase. Sorry for being off topic but it had to be said
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by voodoo411 View Post
      I thought Sony was 100 times bigger than Apple. Isnt it?
      I just checked Google finance and apparently Apple is even bigger than Microsoft now. How the hell that happened I have no idea.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I have actually dreamed about this because if apple and sony products were to combine with each other they would be the ******* awesomest products ever. I still cant play music from my iPhone on my ps3 i can only charge it!!
    1. MikeThomson's Avatar
      MikeThomson -
      all rumors come from somewhere so who knows this could have a hint of truth in it, and everyone is trying to downplay it
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      I just checked Google finance and apparently Apple is even bigger than Microsoft now. How the hell that happened I have no idea.
      That just happened a couple of months ago. Last I checked though, the difference wasn't very significant, and they could easily switch places in a relatively short amount of time.
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      スティーブは日本語が話せるか?

      これは、ビジネスを超えています。これは、変更の文化だろうが巨大な私は、または望んで維持することができ ます翻訳Googleの他の我々は運命にあるすべての。




      ^^ WTF really...

      But just in case those of you are wondering what this says... Here I'll translate for you..



      What Steve can speak Japanese? This is more than business. This is where I would be a huge cultural change, can be translated or Google wants to keep the other we are all doomed
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      That just happened a couple of months ago. Last I checked though, the difference wasn't very significant, and they could easily switch places in a relatively short amount of time.
      Yeah but they did that just from selling iphones, ipods and macs? Microsoft has probably sold more copies of Windows than all Apple products combined. And that's not considering all the other products Microsoft sells.
    1. voodoo411's Avatar
      voodoo411 -
      Can anyone post some financial numbers from Apple and Sony please?
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      At least it would mean people would finally get Blu-Ray drives in their macbooks etc. I can't see what Apple would want to do with a PS3 market though, hmmm.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I hope you get banned, Calling him a moron is just disrespectful.



      Dont Like it dont read quit ********.


      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.
      Moron.

      You just did the same thing I did.

      You are the type that make Apple fans look bad, just like the guy that wrote the "article".
    1. Labertasche's Avatar
      Labertasche -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      Yeah but they did that just from selling iphones, ipods and macs? Microsoft has probably sold more copies of Windows than all Apple products combined. And that's not considering all the other products Microsoft sells.
      You can't really say that Apple is now a little bigger than MS generally. The one thing where Apple passed MS a little is the stock value but this doesn't really mean a lot in their business because it is more a symbolic number which shows how people who buy their stocks feel about the companies business these days and the near future.
      In "real" business MS turnover is still much higher than Apples.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      At least it would mean people would finally get Blu-Ray drives in their macbooks etc. I can't see what Apple would want to do with a PS3 market though, hmmm.
      Maybe home sharing from itunes to ps3 and also... god i hope this would happen, you would be able to connect your iDevice to the ps3 through usb cable and then your music and videos could be played thorugh the ps3 to the tv and that would mean i wouldnt have to buy one of those stupid $50 composite cables and id be able to stream my iPhone media through the ps3 with hdmi at full 1080p!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Maybe home sharing from itunes to ps3 and also... god i hope this would happen, you would be able to connect your iDevice to the ps3 through usb cable and then your music and videos could be played thorugh the ps3 to the tv and that would mean i wouldnt have to buy one of those stupid $50 composite cables and id be able to stream my iPhone media through the ps3 with hdmi at full 1080p!
      That would be sweet!
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      not in a million years.
      Really, it's like Apple buying GM. They're way too incompatible