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Skype vs iChat

In today's issue of Business Week there is a plea for Jobs to get into the phone business. Frankly, it is too late for Jobs to heed the call. This shallow article misses the point entirely. Arguing that iChat and Apple should now be in the phone business is a failure to understand the emerging infrastructure. If Apple had responded to Skype a year ago like they thought through iTunes they may have had a chance. My take is that there is no play from an iChat vs Skype perspective. Bet the Apple fanatics won't buy that. Then maybe they never heard of universal service.

BW Online, 07/09/03, "With iChat, Who Needs a Phone?"). Skype blows away iChat in terms of voice quality. My recent test drive of Skype for OS X led me to conclude that it's time for Apple to start a phone network -- Macphone, if you like.BW Online | September 16, 2004 | Why Jobs Should Heed VoIP's Call

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iChat vs Skype

Just installed Skype on to my G4 laptop.

Don't currently use iChat/iSight, but may well in the next two months.

Ultimately voice is king. Everything else is nice to have. I like Skype's approach, apart from the delays in feature parity, but as a Mac user you have to put up with that.

I wish them well.



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