“Last week, a bearded and chipper Steve Jobs walked through Stanford Shopping Center to unveil a new retail concept for Apple. Located between Nine West and Gymboree, the 750-square-foot ‘Mini’ store, inspired by the Mini Cooper vehicle, looks like G5 heaven with stainless-steel walls and white, seamless ceilings and floors. Jobs gave a brief rah-rah speech extolling the virtues of Apple stores and products before pulling the black curtain down from the storefront, revealing a sleek shop befitting the Cupertino company’s slick, user-friendly aesthetics. On one side, laptops, G5s and other hardware and software; on the other, iPods and iPod-related merchandise,” Todd Inoue reports for Metro.
“It’s only natural for Jobs to devote half his store to the portable music player. The iPod helped push Apple to its biggest quarterly growth in nine years. Two million iPods were sold in the last quarter (compared to 860,000 the previous quarter). And with Christmas around the corner, holiday demand could make the mid-’80s run on Cabbage Patch Kids look like child’s stuff,” Inoue reports. “‘We’ve taken our best guess, and we’re building a lot, but the demand may be even larger,’ said Jobs, perched on a stool in trademark jeans and black mock-turtleneck shirt. ‘So if you want to be sure to get an iPod this holiday season, I’d get one soon.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The article is mainly about independent record stores and features a quote from Marc Weinstein, an owner of an independent record store who says he’s “never downloaded anything in his life, but has friends who own iPods. The idea of lugging around a cigarette pack-sized player instead of a stack of CDs is appealing. And though he admires the format, he says it lacks the human touch: no big artwork, no liner notes, no lyrics and, most importantly, no soaking up an album’s worth of music and ideas at one sitting. ‘I’m too much of a record guy,’ he says. ‘I’m a big fan of the format and package. And I’m a fan of the LP where an artist can curate a number of songs and present them as a group.'”
The quote is strange, but unsurprising from someone who doesn’t own an iPod. We listen to full albums as assembled by the artist and presented as a group in the intended order on our iPods all the time. True, on iPod itself there is currently no artwork, but most people who listen to records do so at home, not on the go, so they can look at the artwork (there is no size limit, except for monitor size) with iTunes at home just the same as always. Some people are luddites, they like things to stay the way they are and the way they’ve always known them. And that’s okay. We like that they’re still there spinning and selling and buying vinyl. We just want to say that our music experience is vastly richer with iTunes, iPod, and the Internet than it ever was with vinyl disks in cardboard sleeves, cassettes, or CDs. You can still have big artwork, liner notes, lyrics and soak up an album’s worth of music and ideas at one sitting with iTunes, iPod and the Internet.