Remember no one liked the iPod

Discussion in 'iPad' started by peteo, Mar 10, 2010.

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  1. peteo macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2007
    Saw this on TUAW.

    This is a link to the original MacRumors post about the iPod when it was first announced.

    great fun to go back in time.

    "So take me away, I don't mind
    But you better promise me, I'll be back in time
    Gotta get back in time
    Gotta get back in time
    Get me back in time"
  2. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    On Jan 27th after the iPad was announced somebody posted this as a reaction in the MacRumors iPad thread:

    "Sounds very revolutionary to me.

    hey - heres an idea Apple - rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up?
    or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm? "

    It took a while for people to get the reference. ;)

    Fast Forward nine years or so and that consumer gimmick has turned them in to a company that has reached $200 billion in market capitalisation.
  3. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    lol here's a little nugget from that thread:

  4. thejakill macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2005
    It didn't have flash or multitasking, either. :confused:
  5. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2007
    It's the hysterics that get to me.

    The thread may be from a different time in response to a different product, but the hysterics are the same. Like they know better and this product spells the death of everything they love.

  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    another thread about thread 500?

    past success != future success
  7. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    Only the shortsighted are lamenting.

    It's about the applications, not necessarily the platform.

    The iPad, and further revisions, will yield some amazing apps where laptops are too cumbersome to carry around.
    Flash or multitasking not necessarily required.

    Also there are many places this could be of great use with custom applications that forbid cameras on laptops or phones (military/defense/etc).

    Crying that it won't play Farmville or Mob Wars is myopic.
  8. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    ....but it had a rear and forward camera and ran OS X and wasn't just a big iTouch.:eek::D
  9. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    But the iPod was a new (to) apple product.

    With the Pad they are just enlarging a existing product with a bit of adjustment around the trimmings and calling it a revolutionary and magical product.

    That's what I think peeves most people.

    If they just killed the hype and said we are making iPod-maxi because it will provide a better experience for web-surfing and playing game than our phone or touch no one would be bitching.
  10. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    and all they did with the ipod touch is remove a couple of things and look at that. they REMOVED things and it was a success.
  11. danlovaj macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    Hilarous thread! What a blast from the past. I forgot about my sony walkman. Never heard of a jukebox, so i guess it never worked out? Reading that old thread you could put ipad inplace of ipod and it would be the same! It seems like they were wanting the ipad then. Imagine if the ipad came out in place of the ipod. Would everyone love it or still be whining? What ppl described they wanted, an iNewton took ten years to be reality. They wanted a PDA, well, six years later the iPhone arrives. I guess tech is not keeping up as fast as we want. I thought we would be in flying cars ala Back to the Future II.

    I have a feeling that ipad threads will be resurrected ten years from now and we too will be laughing at how wrong people are. Lol.

    Remember, this is only the beginning of the iPad era. Rev 2 and 3 and 4 and so on will only be better. I believe there is less chance of iPad failing then there was with iPod at its launch. After all, iPod was a totally new foray for Apple. Today, Apple, Inc has the experience of being the number one mobile devices manufacturer, relying on their experiences with iPod and iPhone to build the iPad. Believe it or not, Apple, Inc. knows what they are doing, or they wouldn't be a multibillion dollar company and growing when most other PC companies are tanking.
  12. thejakill macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2005
    I have a feeling that ipad threads will be resurrected April 4 and we too will be laughing at how wrong people are!
  13. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    What about the MacBook Air? It was suppose to fill a "laptop market" (Jobs words) that "existed". Hmm...yeah, no one cared about the thing after two months. It was too...wait for it...LIMITED!

    Once the iPad gets all the Apple fanbois to buy in they're going to get crushed by all the competitors who will design a similar product that will do more at the same price. Most of the features the iPad won't support is all software, not hardware.
  14. danlovaj macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    The iPad is made to fill the realm of netbooks, which already have an established market. For me personally, I am selling my netbook and replacing it with the iPad because the iPad does everything better that I need it for then the netbook does. Despite the imitation from other companies, none of them have the base of the App store like iPad will. I welcome competition, and until they make their product as good as Apple does then it is no contest. Remember, "it just works." Maybe overused by Steve Jobs and Co., but a very important phrase for the majority of the public who use technology. Technology is suppose to be invisible to the mainstream user in delivering its services.

    I feel like this discussion is going in circles.... To each their own.
  15. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

    Mike Macintosh

    Sep 20, 2009
    Washington State
    Agreed, the iPad has a potential in the distant future just like the iPod and look where the iPod is now.
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    oooooor it could follow the same path as apple tv, the cube, the pippen, the newton, the macintosh tv, etc, etc
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Yes, I remember those days very well.

    So many naysayers back then. Friends thought I was stupid for purchasing an original iPod.

    I expect that the iPad will go through the same evolution. This is Apple's first stab at it -- and a good one it is. But over time it will be improved with new features such as more memory, longer battery life, faster processor, etc. We will probably see various form factors as well.

    Exciting times! :)
  18. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    Some advice i will give to all the ipad haters. if you can show how good your product is on video that means it is not that good. The ipad is something you have to use to get.
  19. voidptr macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2007
    The MacBook Air fills a niche market -- people who need something more durable and powerful than a netbook but value weight and mobility over pure power. It wasn't intended to replace the existing MacBook or MacBook Pro lines directly.

    They're still popular among the market it was designed for, although I think the new 13" unibody MBPs overlap it more than the MB did when it first came out. A large percentage of employees where travel is a large portion of their job carry them, namely sales personnel and senior engineers.
  20. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    In what way is a 10" device less cumbersome to carry around than a 13" laptop? You still have to put it in a carrying bag. It's not like the ipad suddenly makes transporting something larger than a pants pocket any easier.
  21. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    How many thread 500 vs iPad announcement threads do we need?

    The iPad will be a success. It doesn't matter if it's actually the best product. Apple is on a roll and is a company people trust.
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