“In a research note released to clients this week, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he… sees a wireless iPod making its debut from Apple. ‘Apple has stated that ease of use is a key element of the iPod, so wireless functionality is an obvious next step for the product line,’ Munster wrote. ‘Apple has also stated that the pace of iPod innovation will not change,'” AppleInsider reports.
Based on historical trends, Munster believes new iPods are due soon. “‘We expect a new wireless iPod this fall,’ Munster stated, according to the report.
AppleInsider reports, “While acknowledging that there has recently been a lot of talk about Microsoft’s new wireless MP3 player, the analyst said he does not believe the yet-to-be-seen offering will be a worthy opponent for the iPod. ‘One significant indication is that Windows Media-enabled MP3 players have been in the market for three years and have been unable to grow their roughly 25 percent market share,’ he wrote. ‘Additionally, we expect Apple will release a new iPod this fall that will likely focus on ease of use, including wireless connectivity.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]
Can Microsoft hit a fast moving target? No. Microsoft can’t even hit a constantly slipping shipping date over a period spanning years for their bloated OS and office suite. These results with their supposedly have vast background in software; they have precious little experience in portable media hardware. You know, they aren’t called “Microsloth” in some quarters for nothing. And, by the way, we thought Microsoft and their many “partners” would combine to form the perfect storm that would sink Apple iPod? Au contraire, iPod+iTunes gained in strength as hardware and music service partners floundered. So now, it looks like Microsoft thinks it’s time for plan “B,” to copy Apple’s control of the whole widget, but they’re already years too late. Why it’s too late is really quite simple: too many iPods and iPod+iTunes is too good.
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