Apple’s iPod has blood on its Click Wheel: Virgin Electronics is dead

“Yep, Virgin Electronics is dead. We’ve just gotten confirmation from their PR rep that the company failed to receive additional funding from parent Virgin Group and that they’re quietly discontinuing all of their product lines (mainly MP3 players and portable speakers),” Peter Rojas reports for Engadget. “…we’re guessing sales must have been way, way worse than they’d expected.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Let the domino tumbling begin. Note for Ralph in Sioux City, Iowa and Lou in Rochester, New York, “the rep made it clear that they will continue honor all warranties,” Rojas reports.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
French court rejects Virgin’s case, won’t force Apple to open up iTunes – November 10, 2004
Virgin unveils ‘iPod mini killer’ and openly chides Apple for not allowing iTunes support – October 12, 2004
Virgin Mega files complaint against Apple over FairPlay licensing – August 05, 2004
BusinessWeek: Virgin Digital ‘a digital-music challenger to be feared’ by Apple – March 09, 2004
Virgin Digital President predicts Apple iTunes Music Store demise – March 08, 2004


  1. Branson spent too much money on sending his billionaire buddy Fossett on his solo non-stop flight around the world, and so now the blood starts flowing at Virgin Abbatoir…

  2. This is what happens when you don’t get it and take Apple as a toy company, you get crushed. Bets on who’s next? 100:1 on Napster, 50:1 on Real, 25:1 on Wal-Mart, 10:1 on Sony’s music store. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Apple’s brow may have been bloodied during the 90s, but its head remained unbowed.

  3. You’ve gotta check out their comparison with their mp3 player and the ipod, it’s really funny now ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />



  4. And the award for “Best Headline on the ‘Mac Web’ for 2005” goes to MacDailyNews for their post on Tuesday, March 08, 2005…

    MDN Magic Word: “indeed”

    Now I’m scared! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”big surprise” style=”border:0;” />

  5. MDN, a day will come when many will laugh at your pitiful way of holding an apple’s fan news website that it’ll be very difficult to find any sympathy.
    Keep laughing at others misfortune like an immature kid instead of reporting news that is relevant to apple.
    Apple doesn’t need scum like you.

  6. Now what do I do with all of these proprietary WMF songs on my Virgin Device?????

    How do I convert them to the Industry Standard AAC and transfer them onto the Industry Standard iPod???? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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