Media Moguls to iPad: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
The relationship between Apple and the media industry has had its ups and downs, as Apple expanded its reach and exerted increasing control over businesses like music and television program distribution.
But when it comes to Apple’s newest gadget, industry honchos go ga-ga.
We’re midway through the first day of the All Things Digital conference in California’s Palos Verdes on Wednesday, and already the event is turning into something of an iPad lovefest, with heartfelt paeans to the iPad as common as Rolexes at the exclusive gathering of business bigwigs.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, said the iPad was destined to become Apple boss Steve Jobs’ greatest legacy.
“The intuitive nature of it is so spectacular,” Katzenberg told the audience, noting he ditched his laptop PC entirely and now relies solely on an iPad and a Blackberry.
Comcast COO Steve Burke sounded equally head-over-heels, describing the iPad as “elegant” and “extraordinary.”
“I bring it everywhere I go,” he said.
Perhaps the moguls are simply out to score points with Jobs, as Apple becomes — increasingly — a dominant force in the technology and media industry.
But at least, we now have the beginnings of an idea about how Apple managed to sell more than two million iPads in less than two months.