Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[2]: Interesting experiment
by Tony Swash on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting experiment"
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22


Let me guess, and there was also only iPod market?...


That's correct. If I remember rightly once the iPod took off we were promised an iPod killer pretty much every other month. None succeeded. The iPod's market domination only ended when it was superseded by a new Apple device the iPhone. iPod Touch sales are still very healthy (and are a very useful entry level device to those new to the iOS world). There was never a music player market, just an iPod market and lots of unimportant, low volume, low profit fast forgotten junk music players.

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RE[3]: Interesting experiment
by zima on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting experiment"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Don't be so narrow-minded (also: http://www.osnews.com/permalink?486327 )

Edited 2011-08-22 23:20 UTC

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RE[3]: Interesting experiment
by WorknMan on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 01:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting experiment"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

There was never a music player market, just an iPod market and lots of unimportant, low volume, low profit fast forgotten junk music players.


While I agree that the iPod was the king of mp3 players, there were a lot of other players that were superior to it, except that the other players weren't tethered to iTunes, so the tech tards didn't know how to use them. Apparently, drag and drop (or better yet, Media Monkey) is too complicated for people to figure out.

So, while the iPod won the mp3 race, it wasn't because of it's superiority, but because of its ability to cater to the lowest common denominator, just like the iPad does. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but don't pretend these devices are more than what they actually are.

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RE[4]: Interesting experiment
by Yoko_T on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 02:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting experiment"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"There was never a music player market, just an iPod market and lots of unimportant, low volume, low profit fast forgotten junk music players.


While I agree that the iPod was the king of mp3 players, there were a lot of other players that were superior to it, except that the other players weren't tethered to iTunes, so the tech tards didn't know how to use them. Apparently, drag and drop (or better yet, Media Monkey) is too complicated for people to figure out.

So, while the iPod won the mp3 race, it wasn't because of it's superiority, but because of its ability to cater to the lowest common denominator, just like the iPad does. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but don't pretend these devices are more than what they actually are.
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Actually both you guys are wrong. The real winner here are companies like Tracfone and Net10 which are selling low cost no contract phones have integrated mp3 players Like the LG 500g which can play back mp3 and other files without forcing you to subscribe to something like Itunes or other such services. All you have to do is plug it into a usb port and copy files over to it like you would to a flash drive.

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RE[3]: Interesting experiment
by -pekr- on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 08:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting experiment"
-pekr- Member since:
2006-03-28

Tony, that's a little bit exaggerated, no? You might live in US, or maybe other country, where Apple products are very popular. But - the situation might not be the same in EU countries. Here in CZ other brands sold volumes - Cowon (iAudio), Creative, iRiver, to name a few. Owning an iAudio, I would definitely not call it a "fast forgotten junk".

You Apple proponents still have to claim, that anyone is promissing you <your device here> killer in a month, while what others do is - they play a catch-up game. So, enjoy the Apple being the top device innovator, but don't be too nervous, if Apple does not become the world dominator anytime soon :-)

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RE[3]: Interesting experiment
by M.Onty on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting experiment"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

There was never a music player market, just an iPod market and lots of unimportant, low volume, low profit fast forgotten junk music players.


I'm guessing that's a typo, because otherwise you're suggesting that cassette and CD walkmans didn't happen. Even assuming you're talking mp3 exclusively, try Japan: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10344536-1.html

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

"There was never a music player market, just an iPod market and lots of unimportant, low volume, low profit fast forgotten junk music players.


I'm guessing that's a typo, because otherwise you're suggesting that cassette and CD walkmans didn't happen. Even assuming you're talking mp3 exclusively, try Japan: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10344536-1.html
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Don't be pedantic and obtuse - we are of course asking about digital music - duh!

In the digital music player and retailing business Apple crushed the opposition and nobody and no device dented Apple's dominance

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