“When the iPod was announced, few people outside the walls of Apple saw a product that would dominate the the portable music player market. Yet, rivals have come and gone, and the ones that remain appear content to fight over the small slice of the market Apple doesn’t own,” Rick LePage writes for Playlist.
“There is one single, overarching reason that the iPod has enjoyed the success that it has: Apple had a plan, followed through on it, and didn’t deviate from it over time. It made a simple product that to this day performs the same task that it did on the day it was announced. It might do other things today, but those are secondary. The iPod was all about the music,” LePage writes. “But digging a bit deeper, here are five interlinked factors that helped create the iPod phenomenon, one for each year of the music player’s existence:”
1. Total integration
2. The interface
3. Windows support
4. The iTunes Store
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Stoo” for the heads up.]
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