M: Do you have plans for movies on the iPod?
J: I’m not convinced people want to watch movies on a tiny little screen. To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “It’s the music, stupid, it’s the music!” Music’s been around for a long time, will continue to be, it’s huge. Not speculative, a real tangible market.
M [Walt Mossberg]: A lot of people think given the success you’ve had with portable devices, you should be making a tablet or a PDA.
J [Steve Jobs]: We didn’t think we’d do well in the cell phone business. What we’ve done instead is we’ve written what we think is some of the best software in the world to start syncing information between devices. We believe that mode is what cell phones need to get to. We chose to do the iPod instead of a PDA.
What’s even funnier, though, is the “Mac Observer Spin” on the interview:
You can stop putting off that Palm and/or cell phone purchase. If you have been waiting for Apple to deliver either device, despite all the hints and suggestions to the contrary, it would seem that it is time to bury that hope.