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Analyst says iPod leads market “because it is superior to competitors”

“Rob Enderle, consumer electronics analyst at The Enderle Group, says Apple has dominated the MP3 player market because its product is superior to competitors’, and Apple ‘outspent everyone else on marketing 10 to one.’

Companies such as Dell, Creative Technology, Rio and Virgin have announced new MP3 products aimed at taking business from Apple with lower prices and more storage. Enderle says Apple’s real test ‘is going to be in the next two months. None of the new products are as good as the iPod, but collectively, they could start to eat at Apple’s market share,’ he says.”

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Hey people, I feel ashamed to be a Singaporean when that Creative’s CEO, ‘Sim Wong Hoo-ha’ said their players look better and nicer than the iPod. I wonder if they have done any market research to even dare to say they are going to takover Apple by this quarter. Creative said they are currently behind Apple at 10%. “Apple holds a worldwide market share of 17%. We’re going to surpass them his quarter”  I don’t know if they know the figures well.. But definitrly, they need a new analyst in the company. hmmm.. I feel so ashamed to be a Singaporean. Long Live iPod!

Posted by Junwei on October 15, 2004 at 9:18 PM (PDT)

22

In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

Posted by Lee Gibson on October 15, 2004 at 10:02 PM (PDT)

23

I had a friend who sold his Creative Nomad Zen 40gb and replaced with a 4gb iPodMini. And i must say, he couldn’t be happier…according to him, the interface and build quality of the Nomad sucked.

Posted by gizmoe on October 15, 2004 at 10:18 PM (PDT)

24

ease of use /= baby feeding

Posted by Nathan on October 15, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT)

25

As a definite “power user” of MP3 players, I would have to say that the Ipod has a LOT going for it over the Xtra - I’ve owned both and recently upgraded to a 4G.

I don’t know why people think that power users don’t like ease of use as well - for something like listening to music, a simplistic UI is much more important than people give credit for.  Here’s my post about some plusses that the Ipod has over the Xtra:

http://tinyurl.com/5x922

Posted by SpedInfargo on October 16, 2004 at 4:42 AM (PDT)

26

As always, no matter how well Apple does, whether it be via software or hardware, people will always find something wrong that will create a negative image. Yes, we all know that the iPod is easy to use, simplistic in its design yet elegant. Yes, we know that the iPod is the MP3 player to beat and that most people either have an iPod or will be purchasing one in the future. The facts do not lie, it is the number one MP3 player on the market and all others are just starting to compete with it to see if they can surpass the success of the iPod. Granted, every other unit out there may be feature rich but sometimes, it is the lack of some features that make the success of the iPod so real.
The iPod is here to stay and will continue to keep strong in sales and with time, with the way that Apple is, it will only get better. Can you imagine what Apple has in store for the next generation of iPod. Sure, let the competition bring their best…last man standing will be the iPod….

Posted by ezflyer on October 16, 2004 at 5:10 AM (PDT)

27

i agree with awsome-o the when you compare the feature of the ipod to other mp3 players like the iriver 300 series the ipod is definitely lagging behind. however the ipod is still the most asthetically pleasing player and easiest to use with the best software though a bad batterylife in comparison to creatives touch zen thing which allegedly has 32 hours battery life.

Posted by winston on October 16, 2004 at 5:12 AM (PDT)

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What some people call “features” are what others call bloat. 

Posted by @Awesome-O on October 16, 2004 at 5:41 AM (PDT)

29

@winston.  Isn’t it obvious by now that MOST people don’t consider what you call “features” desireable?  Get over it.

Posted by The Raven on October 16, 2004 at 5:44 AM (PDT)

30

“What some people call “features” are what others call bloat.”

By the3 time you’ve plugged in your Belkin Media Reader and your iTrip and your RadioShark, you have a seriously bloated and ugly hack of a device.

It’s nice to have some mp3 players that have lots of hardware functions built in. Trying to expand an iPod way past its design limitations results in an ungainly, poor device.

Surely the solution would be for Apple to make an iPod+ that had more hardware built in? Other companies can make an entire vertically integrated line of portable audio devices with a range of hardware functionality and price.

I can only conclude that as usual Apple’s poor control of production and delivery logistics precludes it from expanding the iPod line in a useful manner.

Posted by bloatty on October 16, 2004 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

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So bloatty, are you saying that there are players out there at have slots for memory cards and FM transmission (not recieving) for the same price or below that of the iPod? I didn’t even know such players existed.

Now if you’re trying to say that this makes the iPod bloated, at least users have this choice and it doesn’t come bloated right out of the box.

You also must’ve also uncovered a secret USB port on the iPod to use a RadioShark!

Posted by SFNE Freak in CT on October 16, 2004 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

32

The third generation kicks the crap out of the 4th generation.  The touch senstive buttons went perfectly with the sroll wheel.  Llike somone said moving back to analog buttons was a big step backwards.  I have used a 4G iPod so before somone says go try it and you won’t be saying that don’t bother.  The rock pannel is clever but is far from the elegance of the touch buttons. 

Mike

Posted by MIKE on October 16, 2004 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

33

The reason that the ipod is more popular than the other players is the scroll wheel no matter what form it is in, no one wants to go throught thousands of songs and hvae to keep moving their thumb up and down to get one song, and apple will sue anything that has a wheel so I think the other major companies should just give up or start making players with the touch squares and diamonds i have seen on mp3 players made by companies no one has heard of.

Posted by Zer0cool in Cold City AntArctica on October 16, 2004 at 5:39 PM (PDT)

34

“are you saying that there are players out there at have slots for memory cards and FM transmission (not recieving) for the same price or below that of the iPod?”

I think there are some cheaper than the iPod that offer built-in memory cards - the Gminis come to mind.

I think there are ones cheaper than iPods with built-in FM receive (iRiver) and FM transmit (Neuros).

My point is that the market shows there is a demand for tricked out iPods. I think Apple should respond by releasing some higher-end iPods with a higher sticker price and more hwardware features.

Maybe the cost reduction on the 4G is to make way for a higher-end iPod range?

Posted by more expensive iPods please! on October 16, 2004 at 6:19 PM (PDT)

35

I wanted an FM tuner before I got my Mini.  Still would like it but only place I use the FM Tuner with headphones is at the gym, on weekday mornings when I listen to Howard Stern.

And in that gym, the reception sucks with the flourescent lights and the station is kind of weak.  So it’s fine when it works but not that big of a deal to me as I thought it would be. 

Unless they can put a real good antenna and a strong tuner, it’s not worth it.

Posted by wco81 on October 17, 2004 at 1:47 PM (PDT)

36

Bloated?  What the hell are you talking about. Thats pure marketing.  It lets the company make more money by letting the consumer chose to buy the overpriced half-assed extras.

Yes, they are overpriced. And yes they are half-assed

Posted by xudoxis in Omaha on October 17, 2004 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

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“It lets the company make more money by letting the consumer chose to buy the overpriced half-assed extras.”

Apple doesn’t make money from most of the 3rd party iPod add-ons.

You really think Apple wouldn’t like to take those dollars instead of leaving htem to be sucked up by unaffiliated companies?

I note that it was first 3rd parties that began making hard disks for the original Mac when Steve “God” Jobs had decreed that the Mac would *never* have a hard disk. After six months or so Apple saw how thing were going and decided to start making Mac hard disks itself. Soon after they fired Jobs.

Posted by marketing on October 17, 2004 at 3:48 PM (PDT)

38

as said before 3rd party accessories and add-ons makes all the difference when buying such a high-end product. and apple after all the past mistake have come to realize that pc became popular because they have huge support from 3rd party.

Posted by saywhat? on October 17, 2004 at 11:54 PM (PDT)

39

I have an a 3G 40Gb Ipod and an Archos AV340, if you are wanting to talk about features and add-ons then the Archos wins, without a shadow of a doubt.

The iPod has easier music management for those who are not technically inclined but to be honest I prefer the Archos because I understand the interfaces and the way to get the most out of them.

The iPod is superior, simply due to iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. This has kicked the rest of the market into gear and they are playing catch-up and a lot of the new players are as good as the iPod. The main issue is that you have to decide what you want your mp3 player to do.

Do you want to record music on it?
Do you want to listen to the radio on it?
Do you want to watch films?
Do you have a large collection of mp3’s already?
Do you want to simply listen to music and nothing else?
How much do you have to spend?
Do you have a large collection of CD’s?
How techie are you?

All you have to do is decide WHAT you want and then find the player that fits your needs. The iPod is not the only option, it just fits the needs of a lot of people.

Posted by GingerNinja151 on October 18, 2004 at 1:11 AM (PDT)

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The Creative Micro, depending on how it feels in real life, touts some great new features. If it’s not that big, and works well, the built in mic, FM and FM recording, seems to be great. It’s small, has a good interface, and has a replaceable battery. It think overall, this is the Mini’s best competition right now. If I had to pick one right now to buy, I’d but the creative over the Mini. And yes, I know it looks like a cell phone.

Posted by Awesome-O on October 18, 2004 at 5:55 AM (PDT)

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