updated 08:30 am EDT, Wed July 21, 2004
SJMN: Innovation and iPod
Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News says that in order for Apple to main the lead it has established with the iPod, the company will have to . Gillmor points to the recent deal with Duke University, which expands the iPod's perceived use far beyond music. "The iPod is a small computer. It just doesn't have a personal-computer user interface. Expanding the mission of the iPod makes a lot of sense. The job of storing and playing back music can be handled by other devices, even if not as elegantly as on the iPod. This is the iPod's vulnerability," Gillmor writes, noting that his Treo 600 with a 512MB flash memory card and MP3 software has replaced his iPod as his music player on the go.