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MacBytes
Oct 4, 2005, 09:21 AM
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devilot
Oct 4, 2005, 09:33 AM
One of the appeals of those products is that they feel exclusive. The danger for Apple in targeting the mass market is devaluing this brand. When you trade in cool, how long before cool becomes commonplace?I guess I could see where the author is coming from, but really, is Windows XP 'cool?' I hardly think so, and yet it still leads the way in the sheer numbers. If anything Apple is cool, and still hasn't sold that many machines. But I personally wish that more people used Macs, then I wouldn't miss mine so much whenever I go elsewhere, just use their Macs... not to mention, there would probably be a result of more software being available if more people used Macs. Sigh. More games... that would be lovely. :o

nagromme
Oct 4, 2005, 10:34 AM
Being "cool" is a very SUPERFICIAL part of Apple's and the iPod's success. It's important, and it's tied to Apple's genuine design strengths that others lack. But it's just a PART.

The REAL strengths of the iPod--and Macs, OS X, iLife, etc.--are NOT superficial ones.

Remove the superficial reasons to buy and you still have a good solid product line that nobody shows signs of coming close to.

Besides:

* Having a digital music player at ALL still puts you in the minority. They've become common in a sense, but most people still don't have one, of any brand.

* When/if the iPod/iTunes system becomes too common to support the "cool"/"elite" factor... is there a tempting alternative waiting to step in as the new "cool"? I just don't see it.

ibook30
Oct 4, 2005, 12:54 PM
Being "cool" is a very SUPERFICIAL part of Apple's and the iPod's success. It's important, and it's tied to Apple's genuine design strengths that others lack. But it's just a PART.

The REAL strengths of the iPod--and Macs, OS X, iLife, etc.--are NOT superficial ones.

Remove the superficial reasons to buy and you still have a good solid product line that nobody shows signs of coming close to.

Besides:

* Having a digital music player at ALL still puts you in the minority. They've become common in a sense, but most people still don't have one, of any brand.

* When/if the iPod/iTunes system becomes too common to support the "cool"/"elite" factor... is there a tempting alternative waiting to step in as the new "cool"? I just don't see it.

True. Cool is all relative, to me - XP was pretty cool for a while - after trying to use ME. But after I started to use OSX - the other systems lost cool points... very subjective way of evaluating.

Edit- Wouldn't it be cool if apple announces an increase in market share today?