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#19741 10/14/04 01:31 AM
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Virgin's new "iPod killer" appears to have decent specs, but it's seriously ugly.

That's something that never ceases to amaze me about Apple. Not so much that their designs are so good, but that other companies still haven't figured out how important good design actually is. Or what good design is, for that matter.


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I could care less about video and pictures on an iPod.
This is the missing feature in iLife, IMHO: it would be very nice to convert old video tapes into an A/V iPod. I used the Archos 400 and it's the perfect anti iPod. Sure, the interface and the look is not so good but it reads and encode mp3, play jpegs, and avi files (divx 5)...all viewable on a TV, nice! Very useful for digitize vinyl records too

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Apple needs all the help they can get, only 2 million iPods sold last qtr !!!! up some 500% from same time last year and up from 809k (?) the qtr b4... throw a bigger sexier colour one on top of that and that fanciful talk of 1 million per month might be achievable ! yikes !

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Hell ya Radio Shack! And more importantly... Walmart. This holiday season the iPod officially becomes the Trojan Horse that Apple's been looking for. I guarantee that Apple's market share* goes up next year. Who knew a little MP3 player would have such a big impact on our favorite company, eh? wink

* And by market share I mean the share of market in the markets that Apple currently competes in. Not the large-scale, big-business, cheap Dell box market of mainstream America.

EDIT: Sorry... to clarify my take on Apple's current "market share" let me give you a few examples of what I actually know: my neighborhood of 10 homes has 8 PC users and 2 Mac users = 20% market share. The Reno advertising scene I'm familiar with is roughly 9 to 1 in favor of Apple = 90% market share. And unfortunately the corporation I work for runs well over 2,000 Dell boxes/various other PCs and about 10 Macs = .5% market share.

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I may never be able to respect Apple again. :dead:
If you ask me this is what Apple's been missing all along!

Probably the biggest reason people haven't bought Macs in recent years has been the findability factor. Even with the internet driving computer sales, many people (including my brother) want the ability to walk into a store and buy whatever program they want (or need). Outside of the major cities, that is at present impossible with Macs.

With the iPod, they're doing stuff right. You're able to find it in thousands of places, and in towns like Osage, Iowa (population: 5,000). And THAT, by itself, will garner it sales when the rest of the market tries to flood the iPod out.

Now, if iTunes would allow WMAs to be sold through it (I don't expect to see MP3's sold through iTunes anytime soon)...


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Now, if iTunes would allow WMAs to be sold through it
That'll never happen. As long as it's AAC format you have that many more people being turned on to QuickTime. That little iPod does much more for Apple than sell hardware.

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I'm glad the iPod is being sold in more retail outlets... Target, Best Buy, and such. But Radio Shack is... well... Radio Shack. It's always been pretty much a joke of a store, and in recent years it's been reduced to pretty much selling cell phones and lousy stereo cables (and I used to frequent the store on a fairly regular basis before it began its current death spiral). Maybe Apple will gain a few sales out of it, but selling an iPod at Radio Shack is like selling a G5 at K-Mart. I guess though that's why they hooked up with HP. It buffers Apple from having to deal with those retailers directly.

I agree with Dave about WMAs, too. Never gonna happen. Not while Apple still has the bulk of the hd-based MP3 player market and the leading online music store. There's simply no reason for them to play nice with Microsoft (or anyone else) and Steve is taking full advantage of it. Apple has market share, and they're going to smack other companies around with it for awhile.

My gripe with the iTMS is that I wish the bit rate were higher on the music. I'm unlikely to purchase anything there if I can find it on a CD.

Now, if they started offering out-of-print stuff, that would be different. (But then higher quality would be even more crucial.)


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