BusinessWeek: Apple’s iPod, iTunes ‘look likely to lead to a long, prosperous run’

“By the time guests arrived at a well-hyped product unveiling by Apple Computer Inc. on Oct. 26, the big news had leaked: U2’s Bono would be on hand to introduce a special black version of the iPod music player. But Apple Chief Executive Steven P. Jobs had other news: a new, slightly thicker, pricier iPod that not only plays music but also stores and displays digital photos. “We’re not standing still,” Jobs said,” Peter Burrows writes for BusinessWeek.

“That bodes well for a big iPod Christmas — and for Apple’s chances of maintaining its dominance for some time to come. Although they haven’t much dented the iPod’s appeal so far, a horde of rivals, including Dell, Sony, Virgin Electronics, and Samsung Group, will offer north of 100 iPod wannabes this holiday season. Moreover, Microsoft Corp. recently announced new technologies that allow most of these products to work with dozens of online music services that compete with Apple’s iTunes Music Store,” Burrows writes.

Burrows writes, “For now, Apple’s continued innovation — with its red-hot brand, expanding chain of retail stores, and a burgeoning market for add-ons — looks likely to lead to a long, prosperous run. Eventually, though, Jobs faces a tough choice: Should he keep the iPod’s proprietary system closed, or would Apple be better able to maintain its lead by licensing its technology to all comers?”

Full article here.

14 Comments

  1. I would like to make one observation here to all the journalists and any others in the field of putting word together. i have noticed that there are stories here that use phrasing and diction that is identical to other stories claimed by other authors out there. Can anyone please start writing original insightful stories. Some of the posts here are more insightful and entertaining than that drivel that most of you guys publish.

  2. I would like to make one observation here to all the journalists and any others in the field of putting word together. i have noticed that there are stories here that use phrasing and diction that is identical to other stories claimed by other authors out there. Can anyone please start writing original insightful stories. Some of the posts here are more insightful and entertaining than that drivel that most of you guys publish.

    Welcome to the world wide web, were you don’t need a journalism degree to write news articles, just the ability to go copy->paste, and then add some stupid ill conceived comment at the end. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Welcome to the world wide web, were you don’t need a journalism degree to write news articles, just the ability to go copy->paste, and then add some stupid ill conceived comment at the end. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />.

    The iPod Photo is way overpriced and as a result of lost revenue from non holiday sales Apple stock will return to the low 20’s where it belongs.

  4. The Lemmings in the media world have finally figured out how special the Apple/iPod story is. In a world of cheap, me-too products Apple is delivering a high quality product and service well within reach of the average person. What they haven’t yet figured out is that the Macintosh has been such a product for quite some time.
    You cannot buy this kind of “Buzz” and the real “Halo Effect” is just now gaining a head of steam. If Apple can keep up this crazy pace of innivation/development for another year QuickTime/AAC/FairPlay will have won the DRM/Digital Media war. With the breakneck speed Apple used in the development of OS X from 10.01-10.3.5. they are well-conditioned and ready for the race.

  5. “Although they haven’t much dented the iPod’s appeal so far, a horde of rivals, including Dell, Sony, Virgin Electronics, and Samsung Group, will offer north of 100 iPod wannabes this holiday season.”

    This is the best sentence from the article. Once a product is viewed as a ‘wannabe’ they might as well stop production because it just isn’t going to sell.

  6. … and the developments they are involved in on the serious side of video behind the scenes and in league with the big players in that environment furthering open solutions, rather than the dead end public proprietry solutions being hyped by MS they will win that war too I suspect.

  7. I agree that at some time Apple should license out fairplay and sew up the market for the foreseeable future. It doesn’t seem like the time is right yet though maybe. I hope Steve is on the ball with the timing.

  8. I think Jack A has it right. Licensing means that the other guys pay Apple some money for rights useage. I don’t think those guys realize as of now how much they need those rights: they’re still thinking that somebody’s going to buy a bunch of their curent Zen/Dell/Sony junksters. Once they understand how much they need Apple compatibility, that’ll be the time for Steve to cut some deals.

  9. less is more, I KNOW!!!

    they always have that obligatory line.. just so no one writes in saying.. bla bla bla .. WHAT IF DELL SELLS 4M units.. etc etc..

    totally worthless..

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