“A senior Dell Inc. executive on Tuesday said that his company is far behind rival Apple Computer Inc. in digital music, adding that the phenomenal success of Apple’s iPod music players have reinvigorated sales of Apple’s Mac computers,” Jim Finkle reports for Reuters.
“‘We’re obviously not competing very well,’ with the iPod, Dell Chief Financial Officer Jim Schneider said at a Raymond James investor conference in New York that was broadcast on the Internet,” Finkle reports. “‘Apple has come out with a nice product and I think it’s really turned their company around,’ he said, responding to analysts’ questions about Dell’s recent earnings disappointments. Dell last week said that third-quarter profit was down 28 percent, as sales to U.S. consumers dropped and business in the United Kingdom disappointed the company.”
Finkle reports, “Dell, the world’s largest PC maker, also issued a sales forecast that left some analysts wondering if the company has lost the growth momentum of recent years. By comparison, Apple posted record revenue and sales in its most recent quarter. Mac computers are showing their strongest sales in years, growth that some analysts say is driven by the iPod phenomenon. Sales of Mac desktop units climbed 56 percent from a year earlier and notebooks sales were up 48 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter. iPod sales tripled during the same period.”
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Wait a sec, we thought that the official line out of Dell via CEO Kevin Rollins’ trap is that Apple has a “one-product wonder” with the iPod and that it’s a “fad?” Did Rollins approve these new statements by Dell CFO Jim Schneider? Hope somebody packed Schneider’s golden parachute before he jumped to state the truth. And where’s that wannabe-Steve-Jobs-but-never-will Michael Dell? Still begging for Mac OS X for Intel? Altogether now: Shut down the company, Mr. Dell, and give the money back to the shareholders! (What, you thought we’d just forget?)
Why is Apple different from Dell? Apple is not a commodity box assembler wholly dependent on another company to supply an operating system that strives unsuccessfully to be like a Mac. Apple innovates and pushes the industry forward and they haven’t set the company up to become a future lunchtime snack for Lenovo.
“We’re coming after you, you’re in our sights.” – Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaking about Dell, November 10, 1997. (source)
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