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Apple innovation FastCompany\'s top story

updated 08:55 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2003

FastCompany on Apple

FastCompany's January 2004 focuses on Apple's continuing innovation, yet lack of sweeping success. "The battle over digital music is just another verse in Apple's sad song," the magazine says, "this astonishingly imaginative company keeps getting muscled out of markets it creates."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    oh

    Have they been muscled out of the Digital Music market? By whom??

    Sounds like someone is buying the M$ hype/FUD

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    They're not buying it...

    ... they're creating it.

    Apple is doomed - just like BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, Porshe and Ferrari are doomed. Apple is doomed to be the computer for the quality-conscious.

    Exactly how many Dells and Wal-Marts does Wall Street think the world needs or can sustain anyway? Why doesn't Fast Company do an article on how Dell is screwed now that Wal-Mart is entering the PC business? At what point does the race to the bottom collapse under its own contradictions? What happens when the shlocky products become SO BAD and the profit margins SO THIN that it becomes pointless for these hucksters to even stay in business?

    To h*** with garbage products, garbage product vendors and garbage product retailers. Fast Company can stick Dell and their corporate dogma of bottom-line values where the sun doesn't shine.

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    wait wait

    Before blaming the magazine, notice they are the same people who made the list of socially responsible corporations... I suspect they are kissing corperate a** here.

    can some one read the actual article first?

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    good article actually

    I think the point that is brings out well is that many 'first to market" products get killed by company greed or poor management. They think that since they invented it and do it well no-one will be able to make it better and that it will sell based on that. So the company is slow to react to the commodization of those products. It has happened to Apple at least twice and both times nearly killed the company. The first time was when DOS ruled the PC world and people payed for the better interface that was the mac and the second time was that brief period when the power pc was new and it was demonstrably superior to intel chips at the time. They then stayed overpriced and did not keep moving the technology forward as the pentuim caught up then passed the g3 and even more so the g4.

    I love my G5 and OSX and for the moment at least even a 1.6 GHZ is more than fast enough to run 90% of what people need out there. I just hope that apple does not get complacent and continues to innovate especially with the ipod. The others have not caught apple in this round, but they are getting closer

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    What kills me is

    Apple is supposed to be the computer for education.... but I cannot get AUTHORWARE for the Mac platform... WHY! Why doesn't Macromedia develop for the Mac totally?

    It is infuriating. I have to use a WINDOWS machine to develop e-learning modules.

    That sucks.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    uh ...

    no, authorware sucks.

    seriously. welcome to nearly 2004.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ^ Intelligent Comment!?

    I just gotta say thanks to whom ever wrote the above comment.

    Unlike the 95% of people who post comments about news, you've actually said something intellegent. You've read the article and have posted an insightful, interesting, readable reply. Its refreshing to read such a post in this place that, at times, seems like it is filled to capacity with angry, single-minded, mac zealots.

    Zealots are no so bad in themselves, its just when they open their mouths and/or take a whack at thier keyboards. They make the same kind of FUD that they claim to so disdain. They take only one side of the story and exageratge and fabricate and then accuse others of being biased or stupid. And then, if things haven't degraded to namecalling, someone makes the ineveitable Lexus/BMW/Ferarri/insert your favorite car here analogy. Then its back to calling reasonable people trolls and slinging insults at anyone who may be so unfortunate as to speak the truth, especially if its something critical about our religi--er favourite brand of computers.

    And just remember, the more you flame me, the more you prove my point.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Troll in a Toyota

    I was gonna flame you, then saw how you spelled favorite and let it go...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Yeah OK

    "Apple is doomed to be the computer for the quality-conscious."

    Riiight. Let's ignore the 15.2" white spot problem then and other problems that Apple face. Before you say other Pc-makers also have the same problems, yes, I agree with you. But don't say Apple is infallible.

    In addition, I hate the stupid car analogy too. Do all of you drive BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, and Porsche? Why not? Well, that's the reason why not everyone buy Macs!

    -A rational Mac user

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    We'll see what happens

    Well, Apple does know it's own history. We'll have to see what the big plan is. Right now Apple is on top, we'll have to wait and see what M$ brings to the table. Most likely they won't hit it big until they intergrate their WPA into their next OS, isn't that how M$ finial musles out it's competition? We don't know how Apple will react to changes in the market, lower the price of iPods, come out with something new to stay on top, or get out of the service all together and spin off the music service. The iPod is making a pretty buck for Apple right now, it will be interesting to see what Apple does and if they will infact lose this new market to someone else. I think it's too soon to tell.

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