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Apple’s Jobs: iPod is here to stay

Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the Los Angeles Times this week that the iPod’s popularity will endure because it’s more than just a pop culture icon. “I don’t think we’re seeing trendiness here,” Jobs said of the iPod. “I think we’re seeing a product that’s truly revolutionizing the way we listen to music. We didn’t sell 2 million of them last quarter because it’s trendy, we sold 2 million last quarter because it’s a phenomenal product that’s reinventing the way people enjoy music.”

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long live ipod!

Posted by armless on November 26, 2004 at 5:17 PM (CST)


well said

Posted by M Bargo on November 26, 2004 at 10:54 PM (CST)


Don’t get cocky, Mr. Jobs…


Posted by narco on November 27, 2004 at 1:24 AM (CST)


meh, its pop culture.  go to any apple store, it revolutionizes how many ipods need service and repair. 

It gives me so much pain, yet I love it so.

Definitely pop culture.

Posted by Earl on November 27, 2004 at 2:22 AM (CST)


Gee…what else was Jobs gonna say…?  iPod is cool, but it ain’t changing anybody’s life.

Posted by Talking Madness on November 27, 2004 at 2:56 AM (CST)


i’d say its more revolutionizing the way i look at photos/play games/look at my contacts.


Posted by steel102 on November 27, 2004 at 11:42 AM (CST)


and why not fix the static problem?

Posted by steel102 on November 27, 2004 at 11:42 AM (CST)


Where’s the FM tuner?  Apple has a long history of trying to get people to change the way they live as opposed to accomodating the current pace of life.  They’ve done this with only mixed results.  Of course some of their innovations have caught on and been profitable for them…but others haven’t caught on…and many more have been enhanced by other companies and caught on for them.

Where’s the tuner/S-video inputs on the Apple Cinema displays?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could watch TV directly on the Cinema Display?  HP’s new 23” widescreen monitor also works as a TV…why not Apple’s?  Granted, Apple’s display may look better, but I would also like the increased functionality.

Oh yeah…the iPod doesn’t have a tuner because all the HOT songs that play on the radio are the same ones that are HOT sellers on iTMS.  Apple would rather get a buck off you than let you have a feature that most other manufacturers are beginning to introduce to their line.

iPod is great, but unless it adapts it ain’t here to stay.

Posted by Talking Madness on November 27, 2004 at 12:27 PM (CST)


Maybe in the future we may see an iPod with a digital radio (DAB) tuner but I can’t see the point of FM.

In the UK, FM is on it’s way out as are analogue TV signals.

The iPod is a digital music player, let’s keep it digital.

Posted by BigVern on November 27, 2004 at 6:34 PM (CST)


Hardly a revolution seeing as I had a hard drive mp3 player long before iPod ever existed.  All the iPod did was make it trendy.

Mr. Jobs is once more talking out of his ass.  Revolutionary… it’s an mp3 player.  They didn’t invent the concept.

Posted by jab1981 on November 27, 2004 at 7:44 PM (CST)


The iPod is just the new “Walkman”

The iPod (and it’s competion) will continue to change and evole just as the Walkman did (from Large portable cassette players into small MP3 players) iPod is here to stay while it’s profitable for apple

Posted by croooow on November 27, 2004 at 7:48 PM (CST)


Music changes people’s lives.  The iPod is a good way for people to connect with their music and experience in a new, non-linear fashion. But so is any other similarly equipped player.

Thanks to Apple’s marketing lots of people who had never heard of mp3 players before have been able to reconnect with their music collections and enjoy playlists.

This has worked well for Apple - the glow from this delightful musical journey rubs off on the iPod to its advantage.

However, music is player agnostic. This is an achilles heel for any “brand” of player seeking to keep its market share high.

I know people who love their iPod. But I also know people who “love” their iRiver, their Archos, or even their Dell. What they really love is their music.

Posted by Demosthenes on November 27, 2004 at 9:37 PM (CST)


The iPod has been compared to a lot of things in the past, but never Miami Vice, until now. It could have been worse; it could have been compared to Nightrider.

On another note, the iPod was not the first hard drive MP3 player but it was certainly the first one that worked well. Before the iPod, HD MP3 players used 2.5” laptop drives, which made them heavy and power hungry. They were also bulky, like portable CD players. iPods used a better interface than any other MP3 player, making them accesible to casual computer users.

Steve Jobs is right to say that iPods are a hit because they change the way people listen to music. Most users of flash based MP3 players were ultimately dissapointed with those devices because they made listening to music a bigger chore than it had to be; iPods made listening to music fun.

Posted by Sol on November 27, 2004 at 11:02 PM (CST)


other manufacturers are working their ass off trying to surpass ipod. Apple on the other hand should do better (upgrade firmware and etc.) than just celebrating its previous success.

Posted by frankthetank on November 27, 2004 at 11:42 PM (CST)


well, thanks to Apple’s design sense, ipod has been successful we can’t deny. but Apple, come on! making ipod more durable and other products. why we have to go down to Apple store for asking what part of mine is problem. I have to say that most products have been assembled in China. since then, product quality has not been satisfied. Apple should be concerned about it.

Posted by crazypod on November 28, 2004 at 4:39 AM (CST)


i’m sorry ... revolutionary or not, ipod is still trendy…where i’m from, the ipod has just taken off and currently everyone who’s listening to an ipod has this smug look…as if they’re better or something. as my friend said, others are just wannabies, especially with the invention of the mini, ipod has become not only about the music, but also about being stylish. personally, i sometimes try not to listen to my ipod publicly because i do know that people will think “there goes another wannabie”...i want to scream at them and say “i got this over a year ago! i bought the ipod cuz i love music!”

Posted by pinkmilk on November 28, 2004 at 9:08 AM (CST)


jab1981, if I may parody your comments:

Hardly a revolution seeing as I had a vacuum-tube based computer long before the Apple ][ or Macintosh ever existed. All the Apple ][ or Macintosh did was make home computers trendy.

Mr. Jobs is once more talking out of his a**. Revolutionary… it’s a computer. They didn’t invent the concept.

jab1981, do you see the folly of your point of view?  An MP3 player is not an MP3 player is not an MP3 player.  User interface, design, and integration with an app as slick as iTunes and the iTMS matters.  That is where iPod is, and will likely remain, revolutionary.

Posted by ct77 on November 28, 2004 at 9:46 AM (CST)


Oh my god, you people are a bunch of whiners.

Out of all the comments though, pinkmilk’s takes the cake. An iPod owner who is too afraid to use their iPod because she doesn’t want to look like a wannabe. Seems to me your problems stem from something much deeper than owning a ‘trendy’ digital music player.

Personally, I think Apple DID create something revolutionary. People don’t call the iPod an “mp3 player” anymore, but the average consumer does call every other mp3 player an “iPod”.

Ever notice?

#hand narco

Posted by narco on November 28, 2004 at 10:18 AM (CST)


Before the iPod, HD MP3 players used 2.5” laptop drives, which made them heavy and power hungry.

An mp3 player using 2.5” drives is always going to be heavier than an iPod, but not that much heavier.

I have an iPod and value it for its small size but its cost/MB is a bit high. I am stuck with 10GB which is just too damn small for me. And I am unwilling to spend crazy money replacing the entire unit. Why are there no hard drive upgrades for iPods?!?!

I recently upgraded the hard drive in my Archos V2 Recorder from 40GB to 100GB. The upgrade took me all of 10 minutes to swap out the drive and swap in the new one.

Total weight: 300g (around 10 oz). Runs for 14 hours on a charge (I also upgraded the AAs to 2300 mAH NiMHs). Total cost per MB is around a fifth of the cost of the iPod.

Posted by Demosthenes on November 28, 2004 at 11:00 AM (CST)


That is Archos V1, sorry.

Posted by Demosthenes on November 28, 2004 at 11:04 AM (CST)

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