Buy, buy, buy. Right? Did you? I hope so. Folks this is not some fluke or flash in the pan. This is a long-term trend with nothing to get in its way. Vista sucks and will continue to suck for the next — what? Five years? Seven years? Meanwhile, though I send love to my Linux cousins, they’re just nowhere near us when it comes to UI stuff.
I wish I could describe for you how it feels to be inside Apple right now. It’s just this feeling of unconscious greatness, like those basketball dudes when they’re playing out of their minds and every shot they throw up just goes whoosh, through the hoop. Unfortunately you’ll probably never experience this, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Trust me, it’s mind-blowing. It’s like the best acid you’ve ever done, only it’s really happening.
Mac sales up 36%. iPod sales up 24%. This during the post-holiday quarter which is usually pretty drowsy. Sales up 21%. Profit up 88%. The Street was looking for 63 cents and we gave them 87 cents. See the Reuters story here. Money quote: “It blows the doors off. The big news is the Macintosh.” Damn right it’s big news. We’re growing at 10 times the rate of the PC industry. Do you know any other companies in mature industries that are growing 10x the rate of their industry? This isn’t a company. It’s a friggin phenomenon. Harvard Business School wants to send in a team of nerds to study us, led by Clayton Christensen, but I won’t let them because they’d disturb the vibe.
For our full results, see here.
Oops, gotta go. My management team just showed up with a cake. They’re going to carry me down to the lobby on their shoulders while chanting:
“Steve, Steve, we believe!
We will never let you leave!”
Then we’re going to bust open a keg and totally get hammered. Then we’re going to burn Nancy and Fred in effigy.