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Korean market surprised by iPod nano price

updated 08:20 am EDT, Fri September 9, 2005

iPod nano price

Korean MP3 player makers are miffed by the on the iPod nano. Apple presumably bought the flash memory chips at a 50 percent discount from Samsung, according to today's report. "I can't tell you the discount rate, but it stands to reason that we expand the range of discount rates for a big buyer like Apple," said Samsung Electronics executive Joo Woo-sik. "Samsung didn't mean to do any harm to domestic MP3 manufacturers." Spokesman Kim Dong-hwan for Competitor Reincom said, "we can hardly declare a price war with Apple. We'll counter Apple's challenge by releasing new concept products."




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  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good luck..

    The track record of competitors in the "concept" competition shouldn't keep Apple up at night.

  1. apostrophe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    New Concept Products

    Ah cool! New concept products like the LuxPro Super Shuffle!! http://www.mp3newswire.net/Graphics/SuperShuffle%202.JPG

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    surprised?

    Are they surprised that Apple is able to wheel and deal the prices better? Or the fact that they keep taking the iPod smaller and smaller? And as soon as I see a worthy iPod competitor with native Mac OS support, I'll consider it -- iPod has become too darn trendy but it's so expandable no wonder it's #1 (wow that sounded like an AOL Ad)!

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You hear that you winers?

    You people who constantly declares iPods are "too expensive." It's better to say something is more than you can afford, than to imply it is overpriced by saying "too expensive."

  1. MichaelNH

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    too expensive...

    many pc users use that as a generic excuse about macs too.... they toss out ignorant things they heard from friends..... then when you watch them shop for PC's.... they go down the line looking JUST at the prices... they are just "too cheap" to get a make, even if their comments are ignorant.

  1. zulfikarn

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    now I've heard everythin

    Macs with Intel chips, a two-button mouse from Apple, and now...

    Apple producing products which have no margin, and are uncompetitevly cheap,

    now I can die in peace

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Price is relative

    To me, iPods look expensive, or not much use for anything (iPod Shuffle). And why is that? Well, a top of the range iPod is GBP:299.00 (in the UK, including VAT), but at the same time a Mac mini is GBP:359.00. So I can either play some music or get a whole computer for close to the same price.

    Does that look expensive? Does a 4GB iPod nano look cheap or expensive at half the price of a Mac mini? Or look at it another way, does an iPod nano look cheap or expensive compared to a pretty good mid-range compact digital camera (about the same price)?

    So, to me at least, iPods look expensive - and that's what they are, little geek toys for showing off, that have little real uitility. But, that doesn't mean that they aren't cheap compared to other geek toys in the market.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    concept products.

    I actually like the idea/tech behind LuxPro. I just wish it wasn't made like a piece of c***.

    There is always room for improvement. I look forward to the concept ideas. I am still hoping for fm/am and voice recording in an mp3 player. It shouldn't cost that much and I personally think every player should have those features.

    I have two iPods but my next will have fm and voice features. iPod or not.

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Price is relative

    Clive, I love my iPod but I'm anything but trendy. It really comes down to how much you like music. If you buy a couple of CDs worth of music per year, you probably don't need an iPod. I, however, love music and the ability to have every good song I've ever bought with me at all times and can shuffle a playlist of 300 of my favorite songs and keep it in my jacket pocket, my iPod is worth the price.

  1. rwhen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pricing from samsung

    Back in the good old days (pre ipod) didn't apple invest a bunch of money in Samsung? From what I remember Apple paid $100m dollars to them. I think this got Apple access to good display technology and good memory tech. I'm betting the ipod Nano is another "fruit" of this relationship.

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