Apple iPod demand could make the mid-‘80s run on Cabbage Patch Kids look like child’s stuff

“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.

32 Comments

  1. you can do both!

    I have over 65 records on vinyl, and over 120 some CDs (and yes I’m under the age of 25)

    But i also have a 20 gb 3g iPod with almost 2300 songs on it.

    A user can appreciate both formats for their respective purposes.

    Plus vinyl is cheap as hell!

  2. no, no the guy has a point…buying an album is fundementally different than buying A song. If you buy CDs and rip them into iTunes, i see no problem with the iPod, but i shudder to use iTunes…

  3. Update from Canada on the Pepsi iPod an hour give-away. They obviously learned something from the US Pepsi song contest. The product is on the shelves, and even in school vending machines!

    The only problem is that I have not won an iPod yet. 🙁

    Mike

  4. Click the link “vastly richer with iTunes, iPod, and the Internet” in the MDN Take above and look around the site to which MDN has linked. MDN are right – the music experience is vastly richer with iPod, iTunes, and the Internet than it ever was before.

  5. John deserves the Nobel prize for pointing out that Discman sales dwarf iPod sales..

    How much does a Discman run for? $49 USD?

    The iPod can hold 10,000 songs. Different Market.

  6. actually, the record store guy doesn’t have a point – using an iPod is not intrinsically linked to using iTMS, thus the buying vinyl vs download experience does not apply to using an iPod.

    As noted by others, none of the music reasons he states are unavailable on an iPod. Buy vinyl, digitize it. Enjoy the vinyl experience & enjoy hearing your music on the go.

  7. I concur with Vinyl, I have digitalized a large part of my 200+ vinyl records. I can listen to the iPod, looking at the artwork on the album, all the while sitting wherever I want in my house. No need to get my butt out of the rocking chair to change sides. No need to clean the disk thoroughly before listening. Plus, the records have no wear. Listening to vinyl records today is something akin to a Japanese Tea Ceremony: it’s fine for those who appreciate the ceremony, but it’s not necessary for the uptake of fluid.
    There are certain exemptions, of course. I have a couple of direct cut LPs, classical music stuff. With those, I still perform the Vinyl LP Ceremony with the antistatic dust brush and all.

  8. I like the ability of iTunes to select genres and bands and listen to any of their music from anytime in a quick click of my mouse.

    Stuff you can’t find in the record stores.

    I can do it when I want, anytime I want and have the full songs on my computer in a simple click.

    I miss cd’s and album covers a tiny bit. But using a special command I can download iTunes videos to my computer, which is a much richer experience than and cd can offer.

    In fact if you want to go iTunes just click here.

    And suppot Team Mac OS X it’s us against the PC world and we are kicking butt!

  9. Nope. MDN are wrong. Much as I like my iPod, it’s not about a ‘vastly richer musical experience’ at all. It’s about convenience.

    The music itself is still the king, the device is not. Without the music, the device is nothing. Without the device, the music is still the music.

    I get vastly more pleasure from choosing an album from my modest collection of vinyl, cleaning it, making sure there’s no dust on the needle and hearing the thunk as the arm descends, then sitting down in a nice comfy armchair with m eyes closed, absorbing the music. Or reading along with the lyrics on the dust sheet.

    The iPod adds very little to my enjoyment of music. It simply adds to the convenience of being able to carry more of it with me without having to choose which tape or CD I take with me.

    Having so much music available can detract from the music too. The convenience of having all tracks on random is very tempting, and usually gets used above choosing a whole album to listen to in the right order.

    Now this is simply an opinion. This is my experience of the iPod. I still say MDN are wrong because they’re stating it as an irrefutable fact. And it’s not. It’s just their opinion. Music, and everything associated with it, will always be subjective.

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