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Can Apple sustain its momentum?

updated 12:30 pm EST, Thu February 3, 2005

Apple\'s future uncertain?

Apple's recent success has some investory thinking twice about the company's ability to maintain its standing, after the company's roller-coaster ride in the 1990s, according TheStreet.com: "Apple's stock is soaring and its revenue is booming. The computer maker has a hit product and is getting loads of favorable press. So what's wrong with this picture? Nothing, if you ask investors who have enjoyed a run-up of 24% in the stock this year after a 200% surge in 2004. But more-skeptical observers might note that Apple's been here before. And even some of those bullish on Apple's future admit to some doubts about ."




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  1. futuremac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yes they will

    not only can they do it but they will do it. the ipod was not a fluke. and the mac mini will attract windows converts. apple is the innovator for the entire pc industry. apple starts it and they try to copy it...

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Watch the road, Baby !

    There will be a whole new arena with kids and mods of their cars with Mac Minis....you wait and see!

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: yes they will

    You're right. Apple innovates, the rest copy. Except in the case of the iPod no body has been able to make a decent copy in how many years? All the other players have crappy interfaces, both the device itself and how you get music on them. And iPod shuffle has no competition. Something with half the capacity costs much more at Target. It is truely pathetic and to have the head of Creative ridiculing the shuffle is just funny considering all his stuff is much more expensive for less of a product.

    As far as a radio feature, why would I want to listen to the radio when I've got hundreds of my favourite songs on my shuffle that I've specifically chosen to be there? The competition doesn't have many if any useful extra features to make up for the higher price with less capacity.

    Actually, I've decided I disagree with you. Apple innovates, the others don't copy. With the c*** they put out, it can hardly be said that they copy, perhaps a pathetic attempt at impersonation but they are far from making stuff that's good enough for it be said that they are copying Apple.

  1. abnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh no

    my boss is getting a mac mini!!! now i really have seen everything!!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    but seriously folks

    at what point do I cash in my gains on AAPL? Long-term, yes I believe in Apple... but at some point the stock price will be too high. I'm looking at selling about half my holdings once the price nears $100...

  1. macbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Watch the road is right!

    It's already happening!
    http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/01/14/macminiauto/index.php
    Look for Mac mini auto installs to become the wave of the future. Forget having to copy all your songs onto CD/iPod - with a Mac Mini and wireless card installed in your car just pull up in the driveway and download the songs from your home computer. Or, even better, pull up to the soon to be everywhere "free wireless" hot spots and buy from iTunes directly. It's a brave new world out there...

  1. macmad

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Same old story

    Apple is doomed - they'll be going out of business any day now. NOT!

  1. PBG4 User

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    h*** hath frozen over

    My boss is looking at getting a new Mac. This is a guy who for all the years I've known him has said he'd never get a Mac because of their infinetessimal market share, lack of software, etc., etc.

    He's been trying to edit video and burn DVDs on his PC for 2 years now and has been successful only once, and it took 26 hours for his PC to convert the video to MPEG-2 to burn onto DVD. Methinks he's finally fed up with pulling his hair out ...

  1. cognashene

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Enough already

    We get this stuff almost everyday.

    These guys are basically fortune tellers and palm readers.

  1. datkinso

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    maintain its momentum

    Will Apple be able to maintain 200% or 25% annual growth rates? No they can't. No company the size of Apple can maintain those kind of growth percentages.

    Can Apple maintain positive growth rates at more reasonable levels (like 5-10%). Most definitely yes.

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