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Why did the Ipod Revolutionize the world? How did Apple do it?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BigMike, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    MP3 Players have been around for a long, long time. My girlfriend still has one that is HUGE and only holds 16 megs, and that was top of the line like 6 years ago. (maybe longer) There are PLENTY of other companies out there that make MP3 Players, how did Apple become so popular with the iPod? Is it just advertising? The black figures with the white earphone lines?

    I mean, they are not the best MP3 players out there, but they certainly are the most sold. 6.5 million this quarter.

    What is it about Apple? are they just THAT good at advertising?
     

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  2. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    I need to find a dead horse....
     
  3. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    they successfully turned it into a lifestyle accessory, which has the cachet of being "cool".

    however cool the machine may be, if yr listening to def leppard, gloria estefan, bob seger, or ratt, your music still sucks.
     
  4. kinghami3

    kinghami3 Future Turbo Monkey

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    you have a problem with bob seger?
     
  5. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Doesn't everyone?
     
  6. riderx

    riderx Monkey

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    Funny you should ask, this article just came out today:

    The Apple Polishers
     
  7. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    good article.

    i was surprised to not see any reference to Toshi or Transcend in the wikipedia entry. :D
     
  8. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    seriously tho, products like the iPod need evangelists. it caught my eye at an early stage (i bought a 1G 4 months after intro, for half off i might add), and i'm well connected in the sense that my identity is plastered all over the web, i run two email lists, etc. multiply me by a hundred thousand early adopters and then everyone has a nerd friend who has that cool, new device... assuming it works well enough that said nerd is happy with it then it takes off.
     
  9. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    that Slate article made a convincing case that the mainstream media acts well as connectors too.
     
  10. riderx

    riderx Monkey

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    Unless you are an Apple shareholder, I fail to see why an MP3 player needs an evangelist.
     
  11. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    But why choose to champion an inferior product?
     
  12. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    disclaimer - I do not even own an Ipod or any portable MP3 player for that matter..

    Thats what you dont get. Its not an inferior product. It maybe technically inferior to other players in SOME manor. However a products success is inevitably measured by its profitability.


    It works well, there are plenty of resources out there to help you get it to work well for you, they are "cool" your friends have them, they arent that expensive, apple does a good job marketing and distribuiting them. bla bla bla bla... All those (and many more objective and subjective criteria) are what make the IPod a superior product to other stuff out there.
     
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    ghostrider 7034 miles, still no custom title

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    Instead of talking out of your asses, please include links to competing products that have the same features, size, storage, and price as any specific iPod.
     
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    did someone just summon Syadasti?
     
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    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    1G iPod Shuffle VS. 1G Sony Walkman
     
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    dunno, I barely even know who he is
     
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    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Ahem.

    Dead horse, BUT....


    It's trendy. That's ALL. I like my nomad MUCH more than any Ipod I've ever touched. That, and I have such an intense hatred of Apple in general.
     
  19. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    1) big and ugly
    2) i'm going out a limb here, and saying that iTunes is better than any proprietary software sony makes you use to organize music
    3) did i mention big and ugly?
    4) no mac support.

    to stave off the ghost of syadasti:

     
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    Apple sux.