Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer defended notorious products like Windows Vista and Windows Mobile throughout our interview, but when it came to Zune, he did seem to admit that Zune HD nailed what previous Zunes simply couldn't.
When I asked if he gave an order to make Zune better, he replied:
Sometimes you get it the first time you cook the soup, sometimes it takes till the second time you cook the soup...You get better every time.
However you interpret that, it's the closest Ballmer comes to saying that product improvement was needed, that it wasn't just revision for the sake of the sales cycle.
Steve Ballmer Exclusive Interview Series: Part 1: Ballmer Talks Natal, Says Blu-ray Add-On for Xbox Coming Part 2: Ballmer on the Smartphone Race: "It Doesn't Matter What the Critics Say" Part 3: Ballmer on Zune: Sometimes You Get It Right The Third Time?