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Bill Gates admits he won't get his kids an iDevice: “They have a Zune music player. They are not deprived”

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Bill Gates admits he won't get his kids an iDevice: “They have a Zune music player. They are not deprived”
Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2008 and many people associate his move with the Apple and Google wave that has flooded the market, but the former world-richest man still remains loyal to the company he kickstarted back in 1975. So loyal that even his kids wouldn't use Apple's trendy products like the iPhone or the iPad:

‘They have the Windows equivalent. They have a Zune music player, which is a great Windows portable player. They are not deprived children,’ Gates stood his ground. 

The former Microsoft chief executive currently runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, radically changing course from the tech industry to humanitarian activities. But will he ever return to Redmond when the company needs him? ‘No. I’m part-time involved. But this is my job now,’ Gates answered. ‘My full-time work for the rest of my life is this foundation.’

And it's that loyalty to the cause of helping humans and making lives easier that really unites. Even when ones root for Apple, while the rest go with Microsoft. Check out the full interview for online magazine The Heat at the source below with all the curious details.

source: The Heat via SprintUsers

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posted on 13 Jun 2011, 04:09 8

1. Toorop (unregistered)


Poor kids .... All their friends will have an iPhone .., they will feel ashamed :D

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 04:24 12

2. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I completely disagree with you dude, a lot of resonable kids out there will never be swayed by their friends stuffs. In fact, they sway their friends with their own stuffs. Its all about charisma.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:51 6

10. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Wow, I guess some people just don't get sarcasm, even if it's spelled out with a ":D"

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 04:37 12

5. Tillo (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Poor kids? dude seriously? I bet they have diamond studded Zunes!
Isheep would be ashamed!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 05:32 1

6. bling bling (unregistered)


their pet can buy your whole family a million times and still have heart to sell you free

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:28 4

12. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


i know you jealous because your father not bill gates :D

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:16 3

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


id love bill gates to be my father.. are you kidding.. lol. a lot of that developmental tech that microsoft does that never makes it to market makes it to his house. He has had digital paintings for like 10 years that change depending on who is in the room.. rooms that know who is walking into them and changes the temp according to their preferences.. on n on ..

bill gates.. be my daddy!! lol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 11:45

30. thmsdnlvy (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


i thought that was quite good 'Toorop' i think these apple haters need to lighten the hell up! jesssssus!

Just wanted to make my point, they're all drips.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:07

44. DylanDinh (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


How about if they are using the MANGO update on some high-end wp7 device dude ? They would turn to their friends and say really really soft .. "hey dude, does your iPhone have a notification bar yet?" lol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 21:44

52. djpashka (unregistered)


Nice!!! I personally don't like apples product, so I don't blame Bill Gates for not buing product from a company that's not open minded.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 04:31 6

3. Rizky (unregistered)


Great, I also wont be an iSlave too, be different and be yourself :D

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:39 4

16. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


yeah because you want to be a dog

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:09 2

45. DylanDinh (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


who ? who is a dog? oh yes, you are zhenghuahua.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 18:57

50. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


So you're being different by being like Bill Gates? you guys are idiots lol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 23:27

54. Rizky (unregistered)


By get any better device, iPod is good but they're not the best, they are just very popular, so people with no brain will chose it think that it's the best, become iSlave and starts blaming other better device coz they are jealous the other can do so much more LOL.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 04:36 6

4. Toorop (unregistered)


OK the Gates are one of the most richest families in the world, there is nobody who would laugh about them :)

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:30 2

13. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


nobody who would laugh about them but they will laugh at you :)

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:07 7

7. andro (unregistered)


Lucky kids have a parent who doesn't let them be brainwashed into owning a so called 'trendy' apple pr product

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:42 2

17. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


yeah they are lucky kid but you just a jealous underdog

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:21 1

25. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


So it's ok for them to be brainwashed into owning a "not so trendy" Zune?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:57

42. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha exactly... its like its okay to own the shitiest tech ever but no oh no that apple poduct... damn i cant afford it so i am gonna tell everyone who has it it sucks... notice how nobody ever gives resaons... sigh

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:13

46. DylanDinh (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


Dude... please... they did drink a bottle of wine cost them $2500 dude... so please, iPhone is pretty much kind of ...hmmm.. kindof ...cheap dude.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 23:13

53. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


im just saying for all the people who bag on ios without even using it...

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 03:44

59. zoing (unregistered)


Yet it was ok for you to be brainwashed by iJunk and not even be aware that you are apparently...

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:12 1

8. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


poor ?
his / her father is Bill Gates dude....
that's not even look little poor dude

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:34 1

14. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


they are not poor but you is Not as good as a dog

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:40 4

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I wonder how he would feel if his kids wanted an Android device?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:36 2

15. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


why would his/her kid need a rubbish android device?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:24

38. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


It's a serious question. Does he allow Android in his house?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:58

43. Dylan Dinh (unregistered)


you just make Chinese became a f**king joke zhenghua. be a human dude. If you don't know how to be a human... just jump into the Sea where you claim that is your sea.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:16 3

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


those kids have nothing to be ashamed off, their dad (Along with others) changed the way the world runs... maybe, without people like him there to make things happen we would be pretty much using tape to play music or renting a room size computer for a day to get a work done or using cellphones to call only.... and who knows what else....

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:59 1

18. zhenghua (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


they have nothing to be ashamed off but they shame on you dog

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 09:46 2

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


shame on me? why? I'm not the one sounding like and idiot on this post

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:38

33. AppleFUD (unregistered)


After reading the comments on this post it is easy to conclude one thing.

YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 08:56 7

19. redbeardeddevil (unregistered)


@zhenghua: Can you get off the dog thing? Oops, that's your mother... sorry, feel free to get back on.

See, nasty little comments like that throughout the reader comments are stupid. Grow up! Or go listen to your Chinese knock off iPod in the corner while your sister turns tricks.

@Toorop: The sarcasm has not been lost on me, well done sir.

@all the others: Are you really immune to his obvious sarcasm? Gates' kids are not poor, they can afford what they want. They choose to be loyal and intelligent. The Sun does not shine out of Jobs' butt. The ipod is not the only mp3 player out there and many more do a FAR better job than it, without the restrictions he places on them.

End of rant. Enjoy the rest of your day!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 09:06 3

20. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Your comment pretty much sums up, what I was about to post. Zhenghua was really getting annoying...

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 09:44

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Thanks

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:19 1

24. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


"They choose to be loyal and intelligent" Um no! The children ASKED for iProducts but their father refused. Is it still loyalty when your being forced to be loyal? Its extremely petty, and that's all.

And name three other mp3 devices that are better than the iPod touch!?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:24 4

31. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Cowon iAudio
Samsung Galaxy Player
Sony Walkman E354
Zune HD
Sansa Fuze or Clip+

The all blow away the iPod in terms of sound quality, battery life, music format selection, customization, and extras (ie. FM radio, etc.).

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 14:15 1

36. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Who wants to carry around a 5' mp3 player? The Galaxy Ta... err Player gets taken out right there. The Zune HD lacks customization. Cowon iAudio has as much customization as an iPod Touch, you really think the Sansa Fuze and Sony Walkman E354 are better media players than the iPod touch?

Other than the Galaxy Player none of those you listed have extensive app stores, or can double for portable gaming. None of them have both ffc and rear facing cameras. None have the pixel density of the iPod touch, App store has plenty of FM radio apps. The battery life on the iPod touch is EXCELLENT. And three of them are useless for video playback.

The only thing these may have over the iPod touch is audio quality. And it certainly isn't bad on the iPod at all.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:20

47. DylanDinh (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


Honestly, If I choose an mp3 player.. I would bought an iPhone and use it as my iPod Touch dude. There was no reason to me for the ipod touch exists after apple launched the iPhone. they just try to cost more of your money though..



If i want to play games? I would play it at home by my ps3.



If I were being outside and waiting for something ? Dude, you had your new notification from your facebook account.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 18:38 1

49. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Yeah i'll get my 12 year old cousin a iPhone by your logic then....

If your not at home on a long ass road trip then I guess your PS3 is still the logical choice.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 08:32

55. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


just to correct galaxy player comes in 3 sizes to choose from
5'
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Pl ayer-5_id5392
4'
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Pl ayer-4_id5391
3.2'
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Pl ayer-50_id5389

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:49 3

26. redbeardeddevil (unregistered)


@iwebdroidberry7: "Has he succumbed to the inevitable pleas from the children for an iPad, iPhone and iPod? " Hmmm, sounds like an assumption on the part of the writer that his kids have asked for one. And the article did not say he refused. Another assumption. My son asked for one. I explained why they are overpriced average mp3 players and showed him my wife's Sansa and he loved it. Does everything the ipod can do for a fraction of the price.

Name three? Okay.... Zune, SanDisk Sansa, Archos. There you go, three better or just as good for less money. Or you can get a Windows Phone 7 and have a phone and Zune. Still cheaper than Apple.

"Extremely petty"? Really? Because I am sure Jobs lets his kids have a Zune or use a PC. Maybe he explained and/or showed them that they should use their brains to make a choice instead of blindly following the latest trend. Not everyone wants something just because Jay-Z or Cher or whoever has one.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:40 1

39. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Who said I was going from information in this article. This story is half a year old.

What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”
I have gotten that argument – “You may have a Zune.”

Melinda Gates own words. Note: "I have gotten that argument"
http://www.cultofmac.com/melinda-gates-doesnt-allo w-apple-products-in-her-home/65896

"My son asked for one. I explained why they are overpriced average mp3 players and showed him my wife's Sansa and he loved it. Does everything the ipod can do for a fraction of the price."

Lmaooo sure I bet he loved watching movies and playing Angry birds on the Sansa. Oh and how is video chatting on the Sansa? Ohhh and how does the Sansa fair with email, web browsing, and ebook reading.

You can get a iPhone 3GS for $50, how is that expensive? Your talking out of your ass.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:58 3

27. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


is zhenghua human ?
because it/he/she always saying about dog...

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 11:26

28. blaaaah (unregistered)


zhenghua is neither a human/dog...just plain chinese pig that proud of thier low quality product and love to copy others technologies

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:43

34. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)


i don't like that zhenghua guy talking about dogs
but please leave the chinese out of this

i own sandisk sana and sony mp3 players at home -____-
and i am a chinese also... yet i did not get the wash down version

thanks

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 11:28 1

29. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I like what Bill gates has done for his kids. Yes he did make them rich but he is only cutting them 10 mil. not a lot more like he could afford.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:24 1

32. therabbitofseville (unregistered)


protozeloz i couldn't agree with you more

All you haters out there please realize that this guy's focus is giving away most of his 34billion dollar fund. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best example that a father could set for his kids.

On a side note.....I can't stand it when someone prasises his holiness Steve Jobs for coming up with a nicer toy, and then puts down Gates. Please. What has Jobs done for the world? Has given anything of his 8Billion dollar fortune? Has he committed to the Giving Pledge? Unless he changes, he will never be anything other than an overglorified toy maker. nothing more.

Microsoft toys maybe inferior, but i'll buy them anyday over apple to support his cause

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 14:14 1

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


What a d**ktator.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:07 1

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Bill Gates is a fanboy

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:51 2

40. SomeGuy (unregistered)


What's a Zune player?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:41 1

41. Marshall535 (unregistered)


I bet they have quad-core 1.2 Ghz mobiles with 2 Gigs of ram and 16.1 Mpx camera with best battery in the world , 128 Gigs of storage and hdmi output running WP7 Mango already.,,, so i dont think anyone would or should laugh to them..... :D

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:29

48. DylanDinh (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


If someone laughs at them.. They will throw that device to his face and laugh back :)) jk

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 19:03

51. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Who cares? It's still not the "in" device :)

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