I think the thing that some people seem to be missing is that the ipod is the only player the masses want right now. So why open the door for other music services? It wouldn’t make good business sense.
A friend of mine said to me recently that when he sees somebody with anything not an ipod he looks at them with pity.
Comment by Ben — Thursday 11 November 2004 @ 12:22 pm
I agree with all the comments made about the BW guy but to him I need to say this.
I don’t think many of the so called pundits bashing Apple just don’t get it (question do people at Business Week actually listen to music?). Apple is the business of selling hardware (iPod) and to do that they set up the iTunes music store to compliment the iPod it worked probably more than Apple initially anticipated. At the moment they have a clear lead and I don’t see any of the current mp3 players even coming close to it even with MS backing. The iPod also has the COOL factor (worth millions $/£ in free advertising) and that is something other companies would sell their employees children for. The truth of the matter is MS has never been cool and it’s leader has never been cool it has never ever made a cool product and probably never will. So what if Apple don’t open up iTunes, people can still buy off other sites (convert wma to aac to mp3) but why bother when iTunes does it so well. What the pundits want Apple to let others manuafcture the iPod, I don’t think so unless they are of the size of HP ( that was a good move). Would MS let another company sell MS Office, so I don’t think so. Finally the iPod id a leisure cosumer appliance not a operating system, which Apple also sells to Windows users (another smart move). These pundits can’t see the wood for the trees, they just can’t, how much do they get paid.
Final note my nephew bought a chaep flash mp3 player, I told him he’d wasted his money but he wouldn’t listen, after a week though he took it back to the store. Now he wants an iPod mini (smart move).
Comment by glad — Thursday 11 November 2004 @ 11:48 pm
That BW guy has really gort my goat as he said this
“None of these players is as easy to use as an iPod, these Web sites aren’t as easy to use as the iTunes online store, and no rival can match Apple’s brilliant marketing. But the gap is narrowing. Virgin Electronics, for one, is part of an empire with proven marketing ability, especially in selling.”
Obviously he’s not been on the receiving end of Virgin’s pitiful attempt at running a train network, I have, which is one good reason not to buy anything with the virgin monika stuck on it.
Comment by glad — Thursday 11 November 2004 @ 11:56 pm
glad – yes, in the US, Virgin still has a good reputation for getting things done; in the UK it has besmirched its reputation forever with the trains thing. Anyone use its mobile network? Is the service any good?
Comment by Charles — Friday 12 November 2004 @ 12:41 pm
Hm. I argue (internally) with Wildstrom fairly frequently.
I also don’t own an iPod and I don’t want pity: I *like* my Archos Jukebox multimedia.
Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday 17 November 2004 @ 6:56 pm
When you argue (internally) with Wildstrom on things that subsequently happen (eg format wars, new hardware etc), who turns out to be right? Just interested…
Comment by Charles — Wednesday 17 November 2004 @ 7:36 pm