Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claims not to remember telling journalists at a press event in London that the majority of music on an iPod is stolen.

According to, when asked to explain his views by a journalist in the Netherlands Ballmer claimed to have forgotten what he had said at the earlier London briefing.

Ballmer said: "I don't know what I said exactly, but it was baaaaaad". The last word was drawn out, for added emphasis, according to Lars Pasveer, a journalist from ZDNet Netherlands.

Ballmer may have decided to soften his view after the backlash experienced after his earlier comments. Silicon suggests that "within 24 hours, Ballmer's words were coming back to haunt him".