“I’ve held the future of computing in my hand and its name is iPod. For those unaware, the iPod is Apple’s hugely successful music playing computer, which has been so successful it has spawned a dozen competitors,” James Derk reports for Scripps News.
How successful is the iPod? This year Apple will sell more iPods than it will sell computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is laughing (or listening) all the way to the bank with this tiny Lexan and stainless wonder. In fact, it was Jobs who ordered his Apple faithful to make a Windows version of the iPod, announcing at Macworld that ‘hell froze over.’ The result? Sales up 235 percent,” Derk reports.
“I travel a lot and I have to say that an iPod full of tunes and Bose Quiet Comfort 2 noise-canceling headphones on my head is as close to a religious experience I have ever had in an aircraft. Like Bose, Apple has chosen to take the high road when it comes to details and price,” Derk reports.
Derk asks, “Can you imagine what would happen if Apple released a Windows version of its Powerbook?“
“Now Apple has released the Ipod Mini, a smaller, colorful version of the Ipod. At $249, it’s still pricey and has only a 4-gig hard drive, much smaller than the Ipods. However it also has been a runaway success already, with more than 100,000 pre-orders. I think given the choice, I’d buy the $299 iPod at 15-GB rather than the Mini just to capture the much larger size,” Derk reports. “It’s a first-class product and Apple ought to take a bow.”
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