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Briefly: Apple No. 5, \'Made for iPod\', Sony PSP

updated 09:45 pm EST, Mon March 7, 2005

Apple No. 5 in WSJ ranking

In Brief: Apple is ranked No. 5 on The Wall Street Journal's to sync with Sony's Connect online music serivce as well as software that will let the PSP link to PCs and Macs within a year.

by MacNN Staff




  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Money hungry

    Apple's seeking a 10% kickback from accessories displaying the "Made for iPod" badge.

    Next up... Apple wants 15% of all norebook carrying case sales made to owners of PowerBooks and iBooks.

  1. matthewz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PSP and Mac


    iPSP at Sony needs to get on the stick, they should license this action. Not like they've got any Mac-savvy coders, after all.

    Matthew z.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    to spacefreak

    Yes.. it's called brand recognition, you nimrod! But people should just give that away for free. Not like Apple earned it or anything.

  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The point is that Apple wants 10% of all accessories sold. The "Made for iPod" sham is how they intend on seizing monies from other companies.

    If Apple wants to make money on accessories, they should bear the risk and manufacture/market/sell them themselves instead of trying to shake down (mafia-style) 3rd-party companies who have worked hard to bring their accessories to market.

  1. cameronx

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Nimrod?

    Note that Apple has not forced any accessory maker to buy into this program--it's only if they want the additional branding. Theoretically, it would lead to higher sales of that company's products versus another's (that doesn't have a "Made for iPod" seal)--I would want my iPod accessories ok'd by the manufacturer of the iPod. Not to mention the fact that these accessory makers benefit greatly from the exposure that the iPod advertising campaigns net them... Apple should most certainly share the pain in addition to sharing the love.

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