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The modern-day equivalent of the Samurai sword

updated 11:15 am EST, Tue January 20, 2004

iPod as a status icon

The iPod is the , according to a Penny Arcade column that talks about the iPod as a cultural (and status) icon: "The simple fact that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars more for an iPod, when equal technology is available in a less impressive-looking package, points directly to this analogy. People will pay more for a status symbol, and in doing so, they have made the iPod one of the most important cultural icons today."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    status?

    i don't view my ipod as a status symbol, i don't show it off. it's just a great device for those who love music.

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    Arghh.....

    You know, I'm really tired of all of the things where people say that the other MP3 players are "equal" or "superior" and cost less, and that the only reason people buy the iPod is for it's looks. I haven't yet purchased an iPod, but when I do go to buy an mp3 player it will be an iPod. and not because of its looks, but because I like it's FUNCTIONALITY. I love the scrollwheel and the software that powers it, I love the iTunes integration. I wish people could understand that when it comes to the iPod, there is more to it than just the way it looks. I have evaluated other mp3 players and even though they have good technical specs, I often find their interfaces to be much poorer. I am baffled as to why opinion pieces like this don't seem to get that that is a big factor for many iPod buyers (or people considering an iPod). You hear the same thing about Macs too (i.e. people only buy Macs for their looks..... ignoring that many people buy Macs because they like the functionality and software)

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    hundreds of dollars?

    Maybe a hundred dollars more for a similar capacity, but well worth it and I don't even have one.

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    brainless banter

    sure that dell thing is just as good, the iPod being part of an integrated system isn't important at all only the cost. If it costs less and has some earphones its just as good. That open standard windows music fomat along with mp3 and all the cool, easy to use windows music software means that there is more choice on the PC just like there always has been. That's why those "fools" at HP are going to OEM iPods, cuz they are so overpriced and not any better, man what fools!

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    Understating iPod design

    "when equal technology is available in a less impressive-looking package"

    It's not just about looks. It's about size, ergonomics, ease of use and integration with iTunes and the iTMS, both of which are widely accepted to be the best designed and easiest to use software and online music store developed to date.

    People are buying the iPod because it (along with iTunes and iTMS) are the best product out there bar none and this is a perfect example of what happens when Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly in a perticular market. It's great to see that when given free choice, a large number of consumers will choose the better product rather than the cheapest or the most popular. Of course, it helps when the product is both the better and the most popular!

    Andy

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    penny for your thoughts?

    Further proof that you get what you pay for, what else would you expect from the Penny Arcade? How about "a penny to keep your trap shut, moron"?

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    does this mean i can

    get a scroll wheel for my samurai sword?

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    Hundreds more???

    I think they need a reality check:

    Dull DJ is $249
    iPod 15GB is $299.

    $50 for a superior solution.... That is not hundreds more.

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    Nonsense, Penny Arcade

    I bought my 20g a year ago for its functionality. My wife got her 5G two days after introduction for the same reason.

    Allow me to list:

    iTunes works well. Better than the alternatives I have tried on both platforms.

    The scroll wheel is an amazingly effective interface. This may be just preference, but I tried a lot of mp3 players when I was about to drop $400 on the thing, and the controls worked nicely.

    Having your entire music library on the device makes a difference in kind, not just degree. I do not need to do anything special to show someone a neat song, or to prep for a guitar lesson, or to have driving music for a five day trip.

    The small form factor is quite nice - I used to have a Discman-sized device that stayed home a lot. An iPod can be used easily at the gym, stuffed in a compartment in the car, or tossed in my pocket for a plane ride.

    This is functionality, not status. The argument does not hold water - try again.

    Scott

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    hundreds more?

    someone posted this awhile back. makes me wonder where these people go shopping that they're paying so much more. unless my math skills have deteriorated significantly i wold think that the iPod is the best deal out there and would wonder why anyone would buy anything else.

    $200 256MB (MB!) Creative Labs MuVo 256MB
    $200 256MB (MB!)Philips PSA 256MAX
    $200 256MB (MB!)Rio Chiba
    $220 1.5GB Rio Nitrus
    $250 1.5GB iRiver iGP-100
    $350 4.0GB Creative Labs MuVo2
    $269 512MB (MB!) Creative Labs MuVo2 X-Trainer
    $499 1.0GB Creative Labs MuVo2 X-Trainer
    $299 15GB iPod
    $249 4GB iPod mini

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