If Apple decided to work with amazon and incorporate Alexa into their eco system they will gain customer share. It’s actually quite simple.If Apple ready decides this is a market they want, I would not rule them out quite yet. The question is, how important is it to Apple? Speakers, probably not. Siri interface? Probably yes.
My thoughts as well. I have one of the cheapest Echo Dots that I got with a months subscription to Amazon Music for a total cost of $9; and it is quite fine for playing music in the kitchen. I also have a small Echo show in my office that is quite fine for streaming radio stations and music. Certainly nowhere near what a Homepod sounds like, but certainly a good value for the money.As they should.
Not even factoring in special priced deals, Amazon offers:
Decent speakers for $79, good speakers for $119, and excellent speakers for $199. Even the latest Echo Dot has halfway decent sound for $29.
Apple completely priced themselves out of the market with the $349 price tag.
I'm not so sure. What would a $300 HomePod do too make it preferable to a much cheaper Amazon alternative for someone who wants search capability?If Apple decided to work with amazon and incorporate Alexa into their eco system they will gain customer share. It’s actually quite simple.
Ok and that matters how?69.7% of the U.S. market, eh? Any guess as to how many of those are the cheapest Dots you can buy? 90%?
Of which you have nothing to back up your assertion of course....Amazon’s share in the smart speaker market directly correlates with its share in the personal info stealing market. Hmm...
Right. Must be referring to fake audiophile. But is agreed who is going to buy a HomePod with a ultra-expensive setup?I’m referring to true audiophiles. The HomePod audio quality isn’t even in the same zip code as that of a higher end setup.
It’s not good enough for me. I’m an audiophile. AV receiver with 7.2.1 setup. Why would I want a HomePod? (That was rhetorical & I never said ultra-expensive. Higher end.)Right. Must be referring to fake audiophile. But is agreed who is going to buy a HomePod with a ultra-expensive setup?
I don’t think you really know if HomePod is too expensive. Maybe for you or some others who voice some opinion. Certainly within the ball park of other Apple devices.
Why would Apple be interested in selling crappy sounding smart mics at a loss? What’s the purpose? How would that further their strategic goals?What does it matter? Apple blew this one. People don't want to buy this kind of device at that price point.