Microsoft’s “Portable Media Centre will be ‘one of the hot devices for Christmas 2004,’ according to product manager James Bernard: never mind that we’ve only seen cranky prototypes at trade fairs, the PMC will carry all before it. Especially that pesky iPod,” Rupert Goodwins writes for ZDNet UK.
Goodwins writes, “There’s no reason to believe Microsoft, of course. It has a fine track record for introducing consumer devices that miss the mark, from the MSX home-computer series to the Smart Display, and while there’s certainly an amount of Buck Rogers gee-whizzery in having a video player in your pocket it’s got a lot of history stacked against it. People buy pocket radios and music players: they don’t buy pocket televisions. People listen to the same music many more times than they watch the same TV programme. Music meshes beautifully with any number of daily activities, but watching the box means you can’t do anything else.”
“The fact that the iPod doesn’t play video is no more a failing than the fact that David Beckham can’t play Hamlet. With the iPod Mini, Apple has underlined the validity of its vision: you can make a device that costs a lot and relies on a sophisticated market that’s already made big investments in fast computers and massive CD collections. Make it small and last a day, and it does the job. Make it beautiful, and it’ll sell itself. Personal Media Centres will fail on all counts,” Goodwins writes.
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