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How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

If people are so damn worried about the profit margins on Macs, go look at MS’s last quaterly report. Their profits are 50% of their revenues. So who exaclty is gouging their customers?

Posted by David on February 20, 2004 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

I think your article got it completely wrong.  iTunes on windows and iPod for windows doesn’t prove there’s no difference between the platforms—it proves that only Apple is delivering the usability and elegance that consumers want. Even if Microsoft could copy the look and feel of OSX entirely, it’s still driven by a “consumer hostile” mentality—more and more Windows (and it’s formats, i.e. Windows Media Player) is designed to lock content in a digital prison, and treat consumers like criminals.  And have you noticed that this year particularly, Windows is being hit with worms and viruses and adbots and spyware at an alarming rate?  The windows world has become a sewer.  Everyone knows how badly it stinks, and it’s getting worse.  So I couldn’t disagree more with the author of this article—the difference between Windows and OSX is like night and day, and becoming more so every day.

Posted by bruce on February 20, 2004 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

My boss switched from PC to a 20” imac months after buying an iPod for his wife, falling in love with it and keeping it, then buying another one for his wife. Total: $3000 to apple and one PC in the landfill.

Posted by Mr. Pink on February 20, 2004 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

To sum: Increasing the OS user base will spread the cost of OS development across more users. Increasing the OS user base will increase the quantity, speed, and quality of applications on the Mac OS platform. Just the announcement of Mac on x86 alone could be worth hundreds of millions in free advertising. And increasing the brand loyalty through software will fuel future hardware sales.

Posted by mpc on February 20, 2004 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

I do hope that Apple releases MacOS X for Intel. That is far more sensible than porting other iApps to Windows. I say that as a Windows+Athlon XP1700+ user with an iPod 40GB.

The Switch argument always depended on users switching not only 1.) operating systems but also 2.) hardware platform simultaneously—which only makes sense if you are completely starting from scratch. Ignore for a moment Apple’s relatively higher hardware acquisition cost.  So many users, like myself, have an existing, functional PC that we can’t justify buying everything all over again just so that we can run the MacOS and all its related apps. Moreover, I still run apps that have no Mac counterpart and seem poorly suited to both OS and processor emulation.

Apple has new appeal because 1.) the iPod is a masterpiece of engineering and design; 2.) Panther and the iApps are really starting to shine as the rough edges have been smoothed out (and users have been given a taste of that with iTunes for Windows); and 3.) Microsoft is mired in security deficiencies, a poor update managment process, a lack of new products/features for the next 2-3 years, and ever increasing costs/licensing constraints.

But Apple has a limited window of 2 years to attract significantly new developers and users before Microsoft and Linux on the desktop catch up.

Make it as easy and cost efficient as possible for users to switch. Break the switch apart into an OS switch and a hardware switch. If the G5s are as earthshatteringly great as the charts suggest, then, when I am ready for a new computer in a few years, I will buy an Apple G5 too.

Surely, the old argument that Apple can’t afford to release on Intel because it would jeopardize its hardware sales profits is signicantly less important today when a.) sales of software including not just the OS but iLife, .Mac and other software services; b.) hardware includes not just computers but the iPods and peripherals; and c.) forthcoming G5 hardware models look increasingly capable of competing even when the OS is available on other manufacturers machines/architectures.

Posted by mpc on February 20, 2004 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

oops, correction to my earlier post.

The iPod is the first Apple product I have purchased since the Newton MessagePad.

<I didn’t see a way to edit my post>

Posted by Tom on February 20, 2004 at 9:17 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

If anything has muddied the waters between operating systems it has to be the internet.

Posted by Recoil on February 20, 2004 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

As a matter of fact, the profit margin that Apple makes is much less than it used to be. That is, on most of its products. Currently, the highest margin is on the iPod. (which is purchased more than 50% of the time by Windows users) You are correct that you cannot purchase from Apple the way that you can from Dell. That is, essentially having a build it yourself experience but with out actually DOING it yourself. Apple is running ona different paradigm. They want you to have products in configurations that they know will work, and work with their apps. It is a different sort of experience. The DIY’ers are not the market, I would say.

Posted by Gregory Wostrel in Rhode Island, USA on February 20, 2004 at 8:55 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

Yeah this article is definitely a stretch. By no means is the OS wars over and something as insignificant as an MP3 player is not goign to bring people over to Apple. I see this everyday, everyone loves the iPod but they don’t say to me, hey, I’m gonna switch over to Apple.

Price matters, if Apple is serious about taking some marketshare away, lower your damn prices. I’ve heard the stupid BMW argument and etc. What works for BMW isn’t going to work for Apple. Apple needs to start being more aggressive and Steve needs to take his head out of the sand.

Posted by Chomper on February 20, 2004 at 8:33 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

Why psychics never win the lottery—predictions are easy.
For example:

By the 2004 Holidays look for the miniPod to be priced at $199 with a larger capacity mini added at the $299 price point.

The $299 iPod will be dropped from the lineup with the gen4 intro this August. Featuring larger capacity and COLOR screens, the $399/$499 iPods will utilize the mini’s buttons-on-scroll wheel. This allows those four other buttons to be utilized for new software control keys.

The software update [iPod only] will allow browsing albums by cover art and using said art in screen saver type slideshows. Look for this iPod to be able to import images directly from firewire cameras & card readers. Also, it will connect to DV cameras for importing digital video on the fly [optionally converting it to QT]. Look for a marketing partner to intro a tiny video camera in early 2005 that is designed to use the iPod for it’s storage.

Those extra keys will open up all kinds of future potential in iPod software, including third party developers. Hold on to your…Pods!

Posted by anton on February 20, 2004 at 8:30 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

The iPod is not the first Apple product to do this. Way back in August 1993 Apple introduced the Newton MessagePad that worked with Mac’s and <gasp> Windows machines. This was the first Apple product I had ever owned. (I had used the computers plenty of times though) The Newton also got me to consider buying a Mac because of how wel thought out it was (It can still run rings around current PDA’s as far as functionallity, albeit the hardware is getting old)
This was also the product that soured me on Apple when Jobs stated he was keeping the Newton (pulled the spin-off Newton Inc. back into Apple) so Apple could devote the resources it needed, then killed the product. At that point, buying a Mac was not an option for me.

The iPod is the first Apple product I have purchased. As always, Apple has done an excellent job with it. I just hope they don’t allow someone else to take over the market. It would be ashame to have the iPod die out. I like Apple products but historically Apple is usually it’s own worst enemy.

Posted by Tom on February 20, 2004 at 8:11 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

Unfortunately Apple’s insistence on higher prices (to protect higher gross margins) is what’s keeping a lot of people from switching. Add to that the very limited range of hardware or customization options within each product category (you can’t leave out a graphics card or HD and add your own cheaper or pre-existing device) and you have a lot of Windoze people saying “No thanks” to Apple products.

Their iPod and iTunes works on their DELL PC, plus they have tons more games and apps so why bother? Everyone gets virii on Windoze so its not that big of a deal, you clean it out or reinstall and go on with your work.

Until and unless Apple sacrifices its obscenely high gross margins or figures out how to make its products cheaper at the same margins you will never see Apple break double-digit (sales) marketshare. This isn’t the 80’s when everything else was a dinosaur compared to the GUI-fied Mac with Mac-only DTP and more.

Posted by Neo on February 20, 2004 at 8:08 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

You’re article is really a stretch!

Posted by Jim on February 20, 2004 at 7:53 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

> Recently Apple touted iChat’s interoperability with Windows machines. <
Well, not really. iChat is an AOL AIM client and has always worked with PC using AIM clients. iChatAV extended IM to audio and video. AOL announced that their new AIM client on the PC now has the AV capabilities. Apple probably worked with AOL on the original iChat, they would have to as it belongs to AOL. Apple probably also helped AOL with the AV capabilities. It doesn’t end the OS war, it just provides interoperability. I doubt you’ll see iChat itself on a PC unless Apple develops it into its own platform with all kinds of other capabilities.

Posted by George on February 20, 2004 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

How the iPod Ended the OS Wars

I guess we’ll see an new round of OS wars like never before in a couple of years from now. When Apple will take OS X to the whole new level, Linux finally get a desktop it can be proud of and Microsoft fail to deliver the Longhorn. It’s not about peripherals (iPod, cameras, printers). Reliability,  privacy and security will rule.

Posted by Vlad Lebedev on February 20, 2004 at 7:39 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

the edges are too sharp

Posted by sl on February 20, 2004 at 6:04 AM (PDT)

How to burn a CD in iTunes

I am searching for a tool printing a CD Cover after burning a playlist. The Itunes export gives me a lot of useless information and i have to work about 15 minutes for every playlist cover.

Any Ideas?

I am used to the NERO CD cover designer which works simple and good.

Posted by Jakob on February 20, 2004 at 4:32 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

hye raven flight ive a windows computer and it works like a charm. i mean who wants a 4 ghz wondows with 200Gig hardrive it rules s dont diss, plus there are more progrmas for it then imacs but i do liek them.

Posted by matto302 on February 20, 2004 at 2:07 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

i agree with me2 i have large music collection and will probably load all that music onto the ipod mini, but im seriously doubting listening to a thousand songs, and seriously can anyone tell me that they have completely filled there 40G ipod 3G. Anyway im really siked about the ipod mini and am ordering one, i like all the colors and will probably go for green blue or silver the size is imense!. the only problem is i live in the UK.

Posted by matto302 on February 20, 2004 at 2:01 AM (PDT)

Future Pods

I don’t have an iPod yet, one of the main reason I do not buy one is the battery issue every one is talking about… So Apple should correct this before anything else new.

Also, voice recording is great, but not if no microphone is included in the iPod itself. I can’t imagien myself having parts of my cell phone in my pocket. My cell phone is very cheap but as a microphone included, OK, it is a device to talk to, but the point is it is not that big, compared to the Belkin voice recorder…

I personnaly don’t beleive that Apple will relesse 2-3 or more variety of the iPod. They already have 2 with the mini, so I’m much more imaginating a mini line for music only, and a iPod for the rest of us. In my opinion, the mini will stay at at least 4 gig, may drop price in the future when flash goes down, and may come in the future in more flavors of size (maybe next 2 years).

As for the pro line (the iPod itself), color screen will be the next step. With the already ability to capture photos, now will se them. It is most likely that Apple release a video iPod in the game, since they had a job annoucement last year in september (saw on Macrumors, but the annoucement on Apple site is no longer available for a person with video knowledge for the next generation iPod, it is most likely. What it will do? uncertain… But there is also rumors about an Apple setup box ( that relates to iPhoto, iTunes and iPod as well.

As for DJs on the iPod, don’t beleive professionnal will play with a device that compress sound in a way that could degrade the quality of the sound (Macaddict last release advise from using MP3, but AIFF files for parties, so that won’t be 10000 songs…) and also the disk may heat the iPod since it has been built for personal use, not DJs.

so let’s wait for the best!

Posted by Meall on February 19, 2004 at 5:31 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

Yeah the iRiver is a nice, advanced player. But it has too many menus! I’m a geek and it scares me! Also, no on-the-go playlists - even Apple managed to fix that error by the 3G iPods. How can they have so many menus and forget to put in something to let you create on-device playlists?

Nice remote though. Apple should copy that for the 4G.

Posted by iRiver on February 19, 2004 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

yeah and anybody who owns a ihp-120 or ihp-140 already owns the future of ipods.  in-line recording realtime mp3 and wav encoding.  optical line in/outs.  microphone built in as well as external.

Posted by kking on February 19, 2004 at 12:42 PM (PDT)

Future Pods

Features I would like are:

1. Media slot for uploading photos (for CF cards). I think it would outsell the units that do that.

2. FM radio with direct recording.

3. Built-in sensitive recorder with no need of accessories

Posted by Jacob on February 19, 2004 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

Well, I for one prefer the iPod Mini over the regular iPod.  I only have 200 MB of music right now, and occasionaly buy some music from the iTunes store.  I just can’t justify buying the 15GB model when I will probably only use 5% of it’s storage.  As far as ergonimics go, the mini is much better.  With the aluminum case that doesn’t show fingerprints as badly it is a better choice.  Its size is much smaller and the ClickWheel is an improvement.  The touch wheel was much too sensitive.

Posted by Me2 on February 19, 2004 at 9:14 AM (PDT)

A look at the iPod mini

I’m just wondering if it’s just me, but to me the mini doesn’t look that much smaller than the 3g iPod. I like the whole color scheme thingy, but couldn’t they have made a white one as well? And it does look like it’s been cut off at the top. I can understand the release of a smaller player in order to gain a greater market share, but I don’t understand all the hype. It’s not all that.

Posted by Alex on February 19, 2004 at 8:38 AM (PDT)

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