Linked by Yoni on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:56 UTC
Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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RE: my 2 cents
by brichpmr on Sat 19th Jan 2013 01:15 UTC in reply to "my 2 cents"
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There is a bit of reality distortion going on in that article. I wouldn't point it out but it kind of makes my point. The iPod didn't turn the music industry on its head. iTunes did. The Creative Zen was out long before iPod, but you couldn't buy music. The reason why the labels trusted Jobs was because he was one of them, owning Pixar. Had Amazon been selling music at the time like now, the Zen would be the device the iPod was. (In fact, Apple had to pay $4 million to Creative for stealing the Zen interface for the iPod)

As for the other devices, other companies were doing similar things at the same time. In fact, Apple just lost its design patents in a EU court last week because there is no proof that the design concepts were created by Apple.

What Apple does do well is hype and polish. They are the Ford of the IT world. Ford didn't invent the automobile. Ford invented a better way of making the automobile and pushed it across the country. So today we all recognize the Ford Model A. Same with Apple. We all recognize their products. They are all distinctive in the industry. But don't think for a second that they are alone in the industry. Its not that there is a double standard. Its that too much praise is heaped on Apple for things that everyone else is doing. Where is the praise for Google's world changing Android? How about praise for Samsung's industry changing technologies? See, for everyone else, its just another day at the office. But Apple wants you to think they walk on water. Thats how they get people to buy their stuff.


I disagree....word of mouth and observation drive people to buy Apple's products. Every time I pick up a Galaxy S3, I go back to the iPhone and it's obvious to me why the latter is a superior, more cohesive user experience. This has nothing to do with thinking that Apple is infallible; it's about individual informed choice...period.

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