NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Anyone doubting the shadow cast over Silicon Valley by Apple's (AAPL) late CEO Steve Jobs need only listen to Sony (SNE) chief Sir Howard Stringer's comments during a briefing this week.
"Steve Jobs spent the last six years building iTunes and I spent the last five years building a platform so I can compete with Steve Jobs -- it's finished and it's launching now," explained Stringer, pointing to his company's vast array of consumer products such as PlayStations, phones, computers and TVs. "We do have to find a way to compete with Apple when they have two products a year and we have 50."
Stringer, who was speaking at a Wall Street Journal event on Thursday, kept referring back to Jobs, citing his achievements and long-term legacy.The Sony CEO also made comparisons between his own company and Apple, which has assumed the mantle of tech's consumer trailblazer. Whereas Sony gained worldwide fame in the 1980s for its Walkman, Apple has revolutionized the modern tech landscape with its iPod, iPhone and iPad. A clear admirer of Jobs, Stringer spoke candidly of his conversations with the late Apple co-founder. "Steve once said to me 'You need to focus more,' " explained the Sony CEO. "There are too many
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