RealMoney: market not yet ready for Apple video iPod; Motorola iTunes phone is next big thing

“Anybody who has ever heard of Apple Computer knows that the iPod changed the course of this company forever. Apple was a sleepy ol’ computer vendor in danger of falling to 1% market share of the PC business before it veered into the portable MP3 player industry. Let me rephrase that: before the company recreated the portable MP3 player industry,” Cody Willard writes for RealMoney. “The iPod has caught the world’s fancy, and Apple has sold more than 21 million units, with more than 80% market share. Now, anytime Apple schedules an appearance at a tech conference or even just a press conference, the tech world goes crazy speculating that another new major product release is coming from the world’s reigning most-innovative company.”

“Last week, word hit that Apple has scheduled a ‘special event’ for Sept. 7, and right on time, the rumor mill around new product introductions kicked in. Initially, many analysts were sure this would be the video iPod announcement. As more information has come out since the event was scheduled, those video-product rumors have died down,” Willard writes. “Next week’s announcement is probably going to be just the formal rollout of the iTunes-enabled Motorola phone, which will run on Cingular’s wireless services. That product itself is going to be great, and if I hadn’t just bought a brand-new cell phone from Verizon last month, I would be first in line to purchase the new Motorola iTunes phone.”

“Apple is going to try to dominate the portable (and stationary) video player world and duplicate the success it has had in the music world. But the video iPod and iShow products just aren’t reality yet, and the market is probably not ready for them anyway,” Willard writes. “I continue to believe that there are all kinds of ways to win with Apple here, and video consumer products will be added to the list, most likely in 2006. In the meantime, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. From the iPod to iTunes and the new Motorola iTunes phone and especially given the growth of Apple’s computer sales, I see plenty of growth drivers for now.”

Full article here.

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  1. Well since we don’t have a idea what Apple is up to, it’s kind of hard to predict the behavior of a innovative company.

    After all Apple creates it’s own market, so saying this ain’t ready or that is something else isn’t going to work here.

    You’ll know what Apple is up to when Apple tells us.

    Because quite frankly, if people have though about it, it’s already too late. Somebody would have built a buisness on it.

    Make sense?

  2. How about a video cell phone? Or maybe a video cell phone integrated into a watch? That’s what we really need cos drivers using cell phones still sometimes look where they are going. That can’t be right

  3. I’m sure RealMoney would’ve said (or maybe they did say) back in 2001, that the market isn’t ready for music to be organized on a computer and synced to a portable player or purchased from an online service (yeah, I know, the music store came later, whatever.)…

    MacDailyNews should start keeping notes on all these analysts and soothsayers, and their takes on impending Apple announcements, then when the announcements are made, note which ones were right and which ones are wrong, along with a scorecard of each persons right and wrong calls from previous announcements. I hate analysts…

  4. I, for one, don’t see the appeal of the Moto ROKR. So it carries 25 songs, what’s so great about that? My Sony-Ericsson T637 syncs with my address book, calendar, photos, I can IM and get my email *AND* I can use it as a remote control (via Bluetooth) for iTunes and iDVD.

    Now, if the ROKR does all that AND holds 25 songs…you got a winner. Otherwise, all you’ve got is a very expensinve, low capacity mp3 player. No thanks Motorola – I own an iPod.

  5. Although I personally don’t have a need for such a device – at least until done really well – I think the fact that you can buy movies for the psp ad they seem to be selling shows that there is a market for portable video.

  6. Bill,

    My Treo 650 does all that *and* the mp3s already (and removable media for the MP3’s, no less!)

    iTunes Phone is good for Motorola, but isn’t the “next” thing.. it’s them catching up the current thing. I’m sure they’ll do it better than anyone else yet has, but unless there’s a secret we’re not guessing, it’s not that big.

  7. Oh, Apple has something more up it’s sleeve than just the iPhone, beleive me.

    Whatever it is, Dot Mac, iTunes 5.0 and the Fifth generation iPod are all going to be tied together with it.

    Maybe not all sharing the same, but the event is going to hold more than just a iPhone,

  8. If this guy hadn’t just bought a phone from Verizon he says he would be first in line to buy a new ROKR phone. He’ll also have to stand in line at Cingular to sign up with them, as Verizon is going the way of the doo-doo bird with their music store (i.e., not iTunes compatible).

    (Wish my contract with Verizon was over.)

  9. …but I’m not confused either. New products are introduced every day.
    Apple doesn’t announce “Special Events” for nothing. Something cool
    and Apple “style” is on the way! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smirk” style=”border:0;” />

    CT =====]———- Apple’s hitting thier stride!

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