Apple is saving up for something big. With a cash stockpile of roughly 158 billion dollars, a lot of
people are wondering what Apple will do with all that money.
Maybe they�ll use it to coast along comfortably as they fall into obscurity [microsoft]. But more likely, I�ll
bet the folks in Cupertino are saving up for their next big play.
I�m Donald bell, and in today�s Top 5 I�m counting down the five most disruptive, yet plausible
companies Apple could buy with their billions.
Starting off at #5: Netflix. Valued at around 26 billion dollars, Apple could swoop up Netflix and still
have plenty of money in the bank. Netflix would be a great compliment to the iTunes empire, and could
really help them dial in and control the experience of their rumored Apple HDTV. Plus, it would scare
the pants off of Amazon.
Not weird enough for you? How about #4: Starbucks. For around 57 billion, Apple could own every
street corner in America and control access to one of our favorite legal drugs. To lock it down Apple
style, they could restrict bathroom access just to customers with an iPhone. Send those Android users
across the street to pee at Taco Bell, like animals.
Back on more plausible ground at #3: Tesla. Heck, throw in Ford too. With a combined value under
100 billion, Apple could take the bad-boy of automakers and the mom jeans of automakers and create
something as disruptive to cars as the iPhone was to smartphones. Tablets and laptops may come
and go, but the car is not disappearing from modern life any time soon. Throw in that Starbucks
purchase, and you�ve got a network of recharging stations ready to go.
2. Deutsche Telekom
At #2: Buy a carrier. Big guns like AT&T and Verizon are just out of budget, so I propose Deutsch
Telecom, aka T-mobile. An underdog with something to prove, available for around 71 billion. They're
already giving AT&T and Verizon heartburn with their Uncarrier tactics. Having Apple at the helm
would really scare them. Granted, you'd have to make the iPhone exclusive T-Mobile, but I'm sure the
Apple faithful would switch. All the other carriers would have left are Samsung phones and high prices.
Alright, and now, my #1 pick for the company Apple should acquire with their pile of cash: Comcast.
Tim Cook, if you want to make people stand up and cheer your name, please apply that Apple magic
and simplicity to Americas most infuriating legal monopoly. Not only will you essentially own the keys
to America�s Internet for around $132 billion, but you�ll get Time Warner and NBC to boot. You'll be a
God. You can basically print money. And there�s no way you could possibly make that godforsaken,
anti-consumer behemoth any worse.
So there you go, five companies Apple could easily snatch up with their billions. If you object or have
other companies to nominate, tweet me @donald or head over to Top5.CNET.com.
I�m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.