Linked by David Adams on Wed 6th Oct 2010 16:51 UTC
Apple Let me tell you, when what you teach and develop every day has the title "Innovation" attached to it, you reach a point where you tire of hearing about Apple. Without question, nearly everyone believes the equation Apple = Innovation is a fundamental truth--akin to the second law of thermodynamics, Boyle's Law, or Moore's Law. But ask these same people if they understand exactly how Apple comes up with their ideas and what approach the company uses to develop blockbuster products--whether it is a fluky phenomenon or based on a repeatable set of governing principles--and you mostly get a dumbfounded stare. This response is what frustrates me most, because people worship what they don't understand.
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RE[3]: What about the ipod?
by nt_jerkface on Wed 6th Oct 2010 20:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What about the ipod?"
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The reason the iPod destroyed all the other MP3 players was 1) it was easy to use and 2) it was easy to sync. The rest reacted too late and were sunk.

I disagree, I think it was mostly marketing. The early ipods had annoying syncing issues due to their weird DRM limits and the AAC format. People would just keep all their music on the ipod and never bother with burning cds or streaming from the computer. With other players you could just keep your mp3s in "My Music" and the software would keep it synced.

They have since changed their policies and improved their ipod line but those early ones were junk and were overloaded with DRM.

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