Inside Look at Birth of the IPod

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    This means that HD players from Philips, Rio, Samsung and Thomson/RCA aren't really iPod competitors :eek:
  3. macrumors member

    May 19, 2004
    Anyone bothered?

    Is anyone bothered with one quote that in 10 years Apple will be a music company, not a computer company?

    It all reminds me of the Apple II and Mac days. The Mac became its own division and eventually the Apple II division was killed off.

    Tell me I'm imagining things here...

    Personally, if Apple wants to become a "Sony" that's fine with me. Sony still makes VAIO laptops along with their other offerings. I just hate to see too much engineering and design talent go away from the Mac projects and I'm also a little worried that in order for Apple to "push" all of its "other" products, it may feel compelled to embrace the PC more and the Mac less.

  4. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Did anyone else find it very sad that Knauss ditched Apple right before the release of the iPod and is now contracting with Microsoft? That's just very, very sad.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    As long as Steve Jobs is in charge of Apple, they will always make computers. It's steve's passion to have these digital hubs that anyone can use to increase quality of life. Perhaps the two divisions could maybe split into different companies, but the macintosh will not die.
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    A lot of people think Apple shouldn't have successful products other than Macs. I'm not sure why, but somehow that's a widespread (or at least vocal) position.

    Macs are successful too--increasingly so. Apple can make iPods without detracting from Macs. iPods help sell Macs, in fact.

    There's nothing about succeeding in digital music that hurts the Mac platform. It's nothing like Apple II and Mac: a new computer replacing an old computer makes sense. A music player replacing a computer does not.

    BTW, I notice that 4 of Amazon's 10 top-selling items in Electronics are Apple products: three iPods and AirPort Express. And ALL of the iPods--even the gold Mini and the 40 GB--are in the top 60 sellers. No other music players are even in the top 80. (Cameras, USB thumb drives, iPods, and wireless gear seem to be the main sellers.) Amazon doesn't show the 4G iPods yet.
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Nope. That was a paraphrase from Tony Fadell, who brought the iTMS/iPod concept to Apple. Of course he was stoked about it.

    In real life, Apple expanded their computer product range into things like xServe and 64-bit systems after iPod was introduced. That's not an exit strategy :D
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Vienna, VA
    Which shows how well Sony managed to remake itself. They were making radios and TVs for a long time before they released their first PC. Today, people think of them primarily as a PC maker and music label almost to the exclusion of everything else.
    Don't you think they'll hire more people if/when they choose to do this? Do you really think they'd ask programmers and engineers to become record-company managers?
    Apple has been pushing interoperability for quite a long time. This is nothing new, and they are well aware of the fact that you don't have to clone something in order to become compatible with it.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thats why I bought a Mac. I was so obsessed with gettin my first iPod, I spent a ton of time on I started checking out the computers, and eventually fell in love with them. I now have an eMac that I absolutely love. I'm getting a PowerBook in 2 years for college, I'm already saving money for it :)
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Enjoy your PowerBook G5 :D

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