Bill Gates himself weighed in at 10:46 that night.
His subject line, "Apple's Jobs again," indicated his frustration.
"Steve Jobs's ability to focus in on a few things that count,
get people who get user interface right, and market things as revolutionary are amazing things," he said.
He too expressed surprise that Jobs had been able to convince the music companies to go along with his store.
"This is very strange to me. The music companies' own operations offer a service that is truly unfriendly to the user.
Somehow they decide to give Apple the ability to do something pretty good."
Gates also found it strange that no one else had created a service that allowed people to buy songs rather than subscribe on a monthly basis.
"I am not saying this strangeness means we messed up
at least if we did, so did Real and Pressplay and MusicNet and basically everyone else," he wrote.
"Now that Jobs has done it we need to move fast to get something where the user interface and Rights are as good...
I think we need some plan to prove that, even though Jobs has us a bit flat footed again,
we can move quick and both match and do stuff better."