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In an interview with Brian Williams for NBC News, Apple CEO Steve Jobs commented on innovation and the speed in which new iPods are being released. “As the technology keeps moving and lets us do more and more, we want to bring customers with that, not just leave them using stuff that they could do five years ago,” Jobs said. “You keep on innovating, you keep on making better stuff. And if you always want the latest and greatest, then you have to buy a new iPod at least once a year.” When asked by Williams where he sees himself in the American family of thinkers and inventors, Jobs said: “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

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A vast number of people spend more on booze & fags every day. And no, it’s not a bill, because you choose whether you want one. Jeez, why are people getting so down on this? No one is making you buy new iPods. What would you rather have - no innovation and stuck with the same models & functions for years? That’s progressive thinking…

Posted by Sebby on May 27, 2006 at 5:45 PM (CDT)

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I don’t understand the fuss either, partly for the reasons Sebby already mentioned and party because it seems like people are forgetting that Apple is a business - they make and sell computers and ipods and software - so of course their media-friendly CEO is going to encourage people to buy his products and upgrade to the newer models as often as possible, with the customer deciding how often that actually is. 

Random Crazy Person has a good point too - ipods aren’t overpriced.  anti-ipod-people might whine that they are, but in comparison to what?  those little generic flash-memory mp3 players?  when i was shopping around for a harddrive-based player, everything i saw ran for about the same price with similar features and storage capacity, and i doubt the DAP market has changed that much since september of 2005. 

so if Apple wants to release a new ipod every year to continue offering comparable features and storage at a competitive price, good.  it means when i finally do upgrade to a new ipod, my favorite brand of mp3 player will have gone through several new generations and have that many more features for me to enjoy.

Posted by Chibithulhu on May 28, 2006 at 12:34 PM (CDT)

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“Random Crazy Person has a good point too - ipods aren’t overpriced.  anti-ipod-people might whine that they are, but in comparison to what?”

Actually, there’s a bit of an interesting conundrum for Apple. In the context of the general consumer electronics market, iPods are hideously overpriced relative to what their cost is to Apple. Yet, relative to what other DAP manufacturers can afford to put their products on the market for, iPods are pretty much the same cost. The conundrum is that Apple could seriously undercut the competition if they wanted and get crucified for abusing their ability to use the economics of scale to their advantage, or they can keep pricing similar to the larger market and get crucified for charging too much to the consumer.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on May 28, 2006 at 6:01 PM (CDT)

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Should I buy an ipod 5G or tough it out till the new one comes out? (im guessing it will come out around sept. or oct.)

Posted by n0mg5 on May 30, 2006 at 12:09 PM (CDT)

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nOmg5——definitely wait until the new 6gen iPods come out…if you’re dying for something in the interim then you could always bite the bullet and get a 1gig nano.

The 6th gen will likely arrive after October, but Apple is wont to increase benefits while not increasing prices…i.e. 20 gig 4th gen and 30 gig 6th gen both started at $300.

Posted by andrew Chasnoff on May 31, 2006 at 5:29 PM (CDT)

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So does anyone have some inside scoop on when a new iPod version (G6) is going to be released? I hope this summer/fall; looking for improvements like widescreen panel with more colors and resolution, but not on the expence of worse battery time. The 5G is terrible on video battery time, my only lasts 1 hour a day when watching videos :-O
If no new improved iPod is coming this year, I have to buy a Creative Zen Vision:M instead :-(

Posted by Morty on June 1, 2006 at 6:56 PM (CDT)

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