Apple iPod and the also-rans

“The arrival of the sleek, slim and colorful iPod Mini last spring sent Apple into orbit. More than 2 million iPods have been shipped to stores, Apple reported in October, and though rivals such as RCA, iRiver America and Creative Labs make cheaper MP3 players that hold more music than iPods, Apple’s cool design and hot marketing have separated the company from the competition. In fact, ‘iPod’ has come synonymous with ‘portable music player,’ in the way ‘Aspirin’ represented ‘medicine pill’ a century ago,” Eric Gwinn writes for The Chicago Tribune.

Full article here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Boston Globe: Apple’s iPod ‘as synonymous with music players as Kleenex is with tissues’ – December 17, 2004


  1. These writers need to stop saying that other players store more music than iPod- it’s absolutely not true. The amount of music relates to the amount of storage you have, as well as the bit rate in which you encode your music.

    If people really believe that you can store 5,000 on a 20 GB iPod, but 10,000 on a 20 GB Creative Zen, they need to lay off of the pipe.

    Or at least share it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I don’t know if “cool design” and marketing describes why people have chosen the iPod, or at least it does not describe why I have chosen it. How about its ease of use, and the fact that it works seamlessly with iTunes.

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