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iPod defines \'music on the move\', changes industry

updated 12:15 pm EST, Tue December 30, 2003

FT looks at the iPod

In Play since it was launched a little over two years ago. ....About 7% of Apple's $1.7 bln in fiscal Q4 revenue came from the iPod. The success of the iPod has drawn comparisons with Sony's Walkman cassette player, launched in 1979, which also helped redefine the music industry." [registration required to view FT article]




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    Daily Telegraph...

    Front page news story in the UK's Daily Telegraph which "confirms" that mini-iPods are coming next week - and for only 65 too!

    I will believe the pricing when I see it, but this would be the first time that an Apple Dollar = 65 UK pence

    :)

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    UK prices

    The situation isn't as bad as you suggest in fact. Adjusting for UK VAT and using a $1 = .65 GBP exchange rate, the 12" iBook is $2 more in the UK than in the US. The 12" is PB $100 more expensive but the 1.6 G5 is only $30 more. It's certainly not outside the bounds of currency rate variation.

    I think it's more to get to nice 'round' price points than being some conversion trick. If the mini iPod is $100 US. I'd expect it to be 69.99 GPB rather than 65 GBP, simply because most electroinic devices are 'something 9.99' rather than being on 5 GBP boundaries.

    If the mini iPod turns out to be 100 quid, I'll be upset. If it turns out to be a fiver more expensive, I mean, who really cares?

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    At today's exchange rate

    $1 is only 0.56, according to "Calculator"

    So, the sub-60 iPod could be here next week?!

    Time to book that Florida holiday methinks ;-) Oh, hang on, the rates used by the holiday companies are all set at some monstrous exchange rate...

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    turkee

    how much is that in turkish lira?

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    US-UK prices

    As much as it annoys me as a Brit, I can sympathize with Apple and the UK pricing - the $/ exchange varies and setting prices must be a bit of a nightmare.

    Re:UK Prices - thanks for posting that, I'm sick of people saying everything in the UK is expensive forgetting that we nearly always show prices inclusive of sales tax (VAT).

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    Groan

    Let's all go with another round of iPod/iTunes worshiping. Oh hail mighty apple for saving the music industry, blah blah blah.

    Doesn't anyone remember way back when apple was focusing on the "digital hub"? iLife was supposed to give you the WHOLE package: music, photos, movies, and DVDs. Now the only thing coming out of apple's mouth is music, music, music. I know the iPod is a hit, but geez. Aren't they taking all this a bit too far? Where is the apple-designed PDA, camera, camcorder, etc? Even competing brands now let you do things like store and preview pictures/movies.

    I'm not bashing the iPod, I think it rocks. But I don't think apple should bet their whole business on it, which seems to be where they are going now a days. Don't stop at the iPod- make other stuff that revolutionizes pictures/videos! The iPod shouldn't be the end, it should be the beginning.

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    The UK is expensive!

    The UK is expensive BECAUSE you have a 17.5% VAT attached to everything. I live in the midwest US and had the fortune of studying in Leeds this past summer. While I thoroughly enjoyed the UK, it was much more expensive than living in the US. In the US sales taxes vary state to state but I can't think of any that are above 10% (Florida). 17.5% is huge.

    I agree with "groan" in that I'd like to see the rest of iLife come to fruition but I also will praise Apple for the rebirth of the music industry and all the greatness that the iPod is.

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    Why shouldn't they?

    The iPod is a runaway hit. They'll be introducing some lower cost options at MacWorld to segment the market and capture customers that were previously being seduced by the competition.
    Meanwhile, they're developing a killer video iPod, which will be ready by the time the music iPod runs out of steam.
    I think they have executed brilliantly with this, and it looks like they're prepared to stay ahead of the game for the long run.

    Besides, it's not like they're neglecting the "digital hub". New iApps are rumored to be introduced at MacWorld as well. And as it stands currently, they have a digital hub solution that makes the competition's look completely ridiculous. Something tells me we'll see better than 5% marketshare in 2004.

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    http://theregister.co.uk/content/39/34676.html


    Dead iBook owners take protest to MacWorld show

    Faithful Apple users plan to put Quality Control issues center stage at the MacWorld show in San Francisco next week, to highlight a problem that Apple refuses to acknowledge.

    iBook owners have been plagued by display problems and logic board failures this year, with over three hundred signing up for a potential class action suit.

    "It seems Apple really needs to improve Quality Control and more stringent review of design issues. If I put out a product with these flaws I would expect to lose Quality Assurance Certification," writes one sleuth. Here's a discussion on Apple's own boards that the company hasn't deleted yet.

    Apple's quality control has suffered an annus horribilis in 2003. Poor design of the 15 inch aluminium PowerBook led to white stress spots appearing on many models, although Apple has at least acknowledged the problem. Of six PowerBooks sampled by MacWorld magazine, three had to be returned.

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    No cheap iPod

    Saw this on the front page of Yahoo.
    Apple unlikely to release smaller, cheaper iPods

    You know it must be a hit if it gets front page news.

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