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Will the iPod become the next \'Pet Rock\'?

updated 08:45 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2004

Apple faces problems

Connected Home's Paul Thurrott says that if Apple doesn't , the company has "already lost the game." The editorial says that Apple's biggest mistake is ignoring the portable-video market, while also noting that other portable devices "are catching up" to the iPod and the lack of a subscription offering for iTunes as well as the company's closed system will ultimately lead to its downfall: "Today, Apple is repeating its Mac mistake by going it alone with iTunes and the iPod, and Microsoft's somewhat obvious response is to license its digital media technologies cheaply or freely, depending on the situation, to anyone who asks."




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  1. DaedalusDX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Microsoft Propaganda

    Paul Thurrott seems to be very good at stating the Microsoft party line...

    He makes the mistake of comparing the iPod to the Macintosh of 20 years ago and childishly makes easy parallels. But he really should be thinking of it in a different model... Sony developed the Walkman in the 70s, and even though other players came along and Sony's share of that market waned, the Walkman became legendary, and Sony would forever have its place in AV history, and the name "Walkman" would be a common as say "Kleenex" or "Xerox"

    He makes the mistake of implying that iTunes will not have smartphone integration... Apple struck a deal with Motorola earlier this year, and will be releasing an iTunes player for Moto's next generation phone.

    Watching TV on a player still isn't practical.


    Rubix Cubes will never go out of style. What kind of geek is this guy?

  1. tabarnak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    my prediction

    if a company doesn't have a plan for the future, it will fail. can you put my comment on the first page please

  1. Tsilou B.

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Paul Thurrott???

    Paul is the author of http://www.winsupersite.com/

    He hates Apple and loves Microsoft. He really says that Windows XP is much better and easier to use than Mac OS X. He has never written anything positive about Apple, so I don't think his opinion shuold be on a serious news site. :-)

  1. DaedalusDX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why PVPs won't work

    People have toyed with the idea of watching movies on the go for the good part of the last decade now... I speak of portable DVD players, that have a decidedly larger screen than these PVPs.

    These things must be the greatest thing ever, huh? Battery powered... you can watch a DVD movie.... people who make portable CD players who DON'T make portable DVD players must be idiots, and their companies will FAIL if you follow this guy's logic...

    No. The fact of the matter is that portable DVD players were never in style, and are a niche item... music players consistently outsell them, and PVPs will be the same story.

  1. HowieDI2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sheesh!!!

    ANOTHER doom and gloom article from ANOTHER Mac hater. he obviously thinks that the only good way to do something is the M$ way.

  1. hardcat1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Paul Thurrott???

    It is so fascinating that people keep writing about this guy, especially on the macdaily news site, perhaps bring people to its traffic. And that's the reason why this guy is keeping writing stuff against apple. He obviously is not a journalist, everything he writes about is pro-microsoft and he doesn't have a neutral vision.

  1. Sydney Tsai

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh yea

    He is saying it right... but the problem is it's windows only...
    Try those M$ product on Mac... like those free for download...
    IE, MSN Messneger, WMP.... compare it to the windows version!
    now the mac os x really suck coz it only has S***** M$ products.
    Well I think this is how Paul rate OS X.

  1. gdsgds

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A present ffor Thurrott

    Let's contribute and offer him a legal copy of : It's the same old song. So we have a winner in the category : Best Apple's Nostradamus.

    PS : Paul is sorry, he cannot reply to this forum, his computer just crashed.

  1. Gepard

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He is not just....

    He is not just an idiot, he is a R-E-A-L idiot...

  1. mmintler

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He must be right...

    "and the lack of a subscription offering for iTunes as well as the company's closed system will ultimately lead to its downfall"

    I hate it that I can't play my proprietary mp3 files on my ipod and that realnetworks subscription model is the #1 music download service.

    OH WAIT....sorry that's only in bizarro world...

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