“It’s hard to overstate the impact of the iPod on the computer, consumer electronics and music industries since it was introduced in 2001. The iPod, arguably, is the first ‘crossover’ product from a computer company that genuinely caught on with music and video buffs. It’s shown how a computer can be an integral part of a home entertainment system,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET News.
“So how did a little gadget have such a big impact? The combination of the hardware and the iTunes software and music store gave people an easy way to obtain digital music. It assured the music industry that legal music downloading could work, and gave rise to a seemingly endless parade of iPod accessories and add-ons. Now Apple is expanding into video, with popular television shows and movies available through iTunes for watching on a computer or a video iPod,” Krazit reports.
‘It’s so intricately tied to an ease-of-use model for acquiring and accessing content, but also being able to play it and distribute it among other devices,’ said Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies,” Krazit reports.
“Can any company loosen Apple’s hold on digital music now? Never say never, according to analysts, but any potential iPod killer has an uphill climb. Apple, which some estimate has a 70 percent share of the U.S. digital music player market, has been able to design strong products while also coming up with savvy marketing, quality control and ample distribution, said Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research,” Krazit reports.
Krazit reports, “To date, no other company has been able to come up with a competing model. The few players from other manufacturers like SanDisk, Creative, Sony and others competing for the rest of the music player pie have to depend on software from Microsoft or Real Networks to manage their music collections, and none of those combinations has proven as popular as the iTunes-iPod juggernaut. Sony and Microsoft are two companies that have the resources and connections to match Apple’s efforts, but they haven’t put out products that have resonated with consumers.”
Krazit reports, “Whatever Apple chooses to do, and whatever challenges it faces, the company has created, rather remarkably, its second iconic product.”
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“With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.” – Apple CEO Steve Jobs, October 23, 2001