Showing 12 posts tagged ipod
Steven Sinofsky on the internet figuring out he was using an iPhone:
Moving beyond the gotcha blogs, there’s an actual reason for using technology products and services other than the ones you make (or happen to be made by the company where you work/ed). I think everyone knows that, even a thousand tweets later. The approach in many industries to downplay or even become hostile to the competition are well-documented and studied, and generally conclude that experiencing the competition is a good thing.
Learning from the competition is not just required of all product development folks, but can also be somewhat of a skill worth honing. Let’s look at the ins and outs of using a competitive product.
Obviously you should use a competitive product. You should know what you’re up against when a consumer (or business) ultimately faces a buying decision. They will weigh a wide array of factors and you should be aware of those not only for the purposes of sales and marketing but when you are designing your products.
Sinofsky’s former boss, Steve Ballmer, to Fortune in 2006:
Do you have an iPod?
No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children—in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.
“I think everyone knows that…”
Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure.
“An artist that we work with makes these by jamming them into his pocket…”
Done. And done.
Nice. Part of me misses the old days when Apple really was “the iPod company” and the majority of their ads and marketing were music-centric. Seems so long ago now.
A couple new toys to test. (Taken with Instagram)
I still find it sort of odd that Apple would upgrade the iPod line alongside the iPhone when we already know (or presume to know) that they’re doing another event in October for the iPad mini. The iPhone is by far Apple’s biggest business and clearly warrants its own event. And the iPad mini would be a perfect “one more thing” at an iPod/iTunes event, no?
But I wouldn’t doubt Mark Gurman’s sources here — who, if I had to guess, are well-connected folks at Apple retail with early access to coming-soon inventory. So, new iPods it is!
I’m most interested in the supposedly redesigned nano, and what they may mean for the now bustling iPod watch market. I still expect Apple to move into this market itself one day.
Also interesting is what Gurman is hearing about the iPod touch. Apparently, there may be a new fifth generation model at the high end. Without knowing for sure, Gurman throws out some guesses as to what Apple could do here. Colors? But he misses the obvious one: the larger screen. If the iPhone is getting one, doesn’t it make sense to release at least one iPod touch with the screen as well?
Now I just want to know what Apple plans to do at this October event. Maybe new iMacs? Maybe a new Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro as well? Or maybe they’re just well-aware that demand for a smaller, cheaper iPad will be massive. Maybe it will be a full iPad line refresh (complete with the new dock connectors) just in time for the holidays.
Apple Stores, start your cash registers.
(And no, I don’t think the Apple Television is coming this year.)
Update: Sure enough, Rene Ritchie has the goods that the higher price point iPod touches will indeed be getting the 4-inch screen as well.
John Gruber argues against Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion (itself derived from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography) that Jobs was more of a “tweaker” than a true inventor.
I’d still argue that Gladwell’s thoughts on this are interesting and worth thinking about. But Gruber is right to note that the issue is anything but black and white.
If you think about it, has anyone in the past 50 years been a true inventor by Gladwell’s stringent definition? I know the answer is “yes”, but it’s hard to think of people.
One name that comes to mind is Dean Kamen with the Segway. But you could argue that was just a “tweaking” of the scooter, I suppose. Plus, despite the initial hype, that device has changed the world far less than a dozen other things Jobs did.
What about the portable digital music player itself, which Gruber agrees is probably the closest thing to a “tweak” product that Jobs did?
If Wikipedia is to be believed, a British scientist named Kane Kramer invented it in 1979 with a device called the IXI.(Incidentally, Apple ended up hiring Kramer as a consultant and used him in an iPod patent legal case decades later.) But couldn’t you argue that such a product is really just a “tweak” of existing portable music players?
The first actual portable MP3 player was made by a company called Audio Highway in 1996. But couldn’t you just argue that it was just a “tweak” of the portable CD player, which itself was just a tweak of the cassette-based Walkman? They’re all the same basic idea, it’s the format for the music that changed.
And aren’t all of those just “tweaks” of any home audio playback equipment? Most work the same way, it’s just the portability that’s different.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Even as sales continue to slip now (though market share remains around 70%), it has had one hell of a run. Macworld has the story of its birth on October 23, 2001.
Apple chose to unveil its portable digital music player in a low-key special event held on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The press and Apple fans alike met the iPod with severe skepticism. Pundits openly wondered what business Apple had selling consumer music gadgets. Many proclaimed doom.
Skepticism. Contempt. Doom. Sounds familiar. Sounds like the same reaction that just about every game-changing product initially receives.
The iPod was going to be a huge failure. Except that it was the opposite. It was actually the catalyst that kick-started Apple’s run towards becoming the most important tech company in the world. An MP3 player no bigger than a deck of cards.
I’d probably respond to this ad.
The listing is expired already. :-(
Damn, I was made for this.