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MacBytes
Dec 14, 2005, 12:37 PM
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iSaint
Dec 14, 2005, 12:40 PM
true dat...

Lacero
Dec 14, 2005, 12:43 PM
Bound to happen. All Mac users have known Apple computers were easier to use, although initially cost more than the cheap PC clones. Bad marketing, bad management and bad products post-1984 doomed the Mac to single-digital marketshare.

As Apple heads into the big consumer market with the iPod, all indications it would succeed, because of Apple's legendary ease-of-use. People now are just seeing that for themselves. That's a good thing.™

The iPod juggernaut has caught many people off-guard, including myself.


Here's to the Crazy Ones http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=35452 (http://www.uriah.com/apple-qt/movies/think-different.mov)

yellow
Dec 14, 2005, 12:46 PM
true dat...

Couldn't have slanged it better myself!

Phil.
Dec 14, 2005, 12:54 PM
I agree wit hthe fact that you're not seen as "cool" if you have a "lesser" device. I'm fine with my W800i Walkman Mobile and I guess I'm the "20% non-ipod market" - Oh well I'm buying an iBook so apple still get my money LOL :rolleyes:

TwitchOSX
Dec 14, 2005, 01:06 PM
Why does macbytes say there is only 2 comments on this but there are clearly 5 or 6? That always bugs me.

yellow
Dec 14, 2005, 01:08 PM
Why does macbytes say there is only 2 comments on this but there are clearly 5 or 6? That always bugs me.

Nevermind, I get it.. slow updates perhaps? I'm sure it doesn't poll constantly, as that would surely adversely effect the load of MacRumors.

Seasought
Dec 14, 2005, 04:41 PM
I particularly enjoyed the beginning of the article. Horsemen, fire and collapsing cities sprang to mind as the iPod was depicted as killing off Rio and seriously threatening other competitors.

Behold, a pale player: and he that produced him, his name was Steve; and Hell followed with him.

Ok, perhaps a bit too melodramatic.

mainstreetmark
Dec 14, 2005, 08:29 PM
If many more competitive MP3 makers close up shop, Apple will become a monopoly in that area, and the governments will have to step in and bust it up. That could be kind of bad news. Not quite sure how that would work, really. Who would own and develop iTunes?

Eidorian
Dec 14, 2005, 08:40 PM
I've always wanted a Mac. I remember when a friend of mine got the first iMac. I wasn't too impressed by the OS but the design and USB had me down. I use Classic now on my old Power Mac 8500/150. In retrospect, it's a great operating system for its day.

The iPod and iMac have brought Apple again into the spotlight. Even if we're just a single digit of the market. I've converted a friend to the iPod interface too. He thought it was complicated. :eek:

mkrishnan
Dec 14, 2005, 08:47 PM
If many more competitive MP3 makers close up shop, Apple will become a monopoly in that area, and the governments will have to step in and bust it up. That could be kind of bad news. Not quite sure how that would work, really. Who would own and develop iTunes?

I'd think, if it ever came to that, Apple wouldn't lose control of iTunes necessarily or get broken up like a Bell, but would be forced to make their DRM available to other player brands, so that their players could play iTunes songs, and to provide other brands the necessary information to create software to let their store / jukebox software manage an iPod and feed it DRM'd songs, so that there would be no particular link between the iPod and iTunes.

That's the only thing that's suggestively anti-competitive about the whole thing.

That, and maybe Apple's ability to negotiate supplier prices. But that's a tough sell because most of the hardware they buy is used for things other than music players, and so it's harder to believe they monopolize the supply chain.

Eric5h5
Dec 14, 2005, 09:15 PM
If many more competitive MP3 makers close up shop, Apple will become a monopoly in that area, and the governments will have to step in and bust it up. That could be kind of bad news.

Sure, just like the government had to step in and bust up Microsoft. Oh, wait, that didn't happen, did it....

--Eric