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Forget the iPod mini, I want an ePod

“For a product like the iPod, I would bet that most of these kids already have them and those who don’t, would want them but can’t afford them. Wouldn’t it be a huge boon to Apple if they could provide students a reasonable reason to buy an iPod? I think that Apple should move towards offering an educational version of the iPod. Let’s call it the ePod. And it wouldn’t just be an iPod for a discount. This would be a modified iPod with a 1GB hard drive, a more robust calendar, and most importantly, a voice recorder. Now students could record their lectures and save them alongside their music. All for a very palatable price of $99.”

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stupid.

Posted by how about this on January 15, 2004 at 1:16 PM (PDT)

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One other thought to chew on:

If being able to record lectures on an ePod would be any sort of selling point to college students… then 1gig of space wouldn’t be NEARLY enough to hold ALL of the lectures they’d surely need the device for.

I think somebody missed the boat on this one. ;D

Posted by prototypechild on January 15, 2004 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

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“Mac: iPod Access 3.0 Released”

Thats news.

“iPod accessories added $14 million to Apple’s Q1 revenue”

Thats news too.

“Forget the iPod mini, I want an ePod”

Save that crap for the forums.  If I wrote an “article”  about an $800 “E5” (educational G5!?) Would macdailynews.com post it.. probably not..


Posted by jr on January 15, 2004 at 4:26 PM (PDT)

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Umm, yer right jr, but macdailynews is a news site. This site is about all things iPod, whether it be news or opinions. I for one like reading what people around the web are saying about what is being done with the iPod line.

I agree with the article that Apple needs to come up with a super-cheap iPod, just like the eMac. And JR, there is and $800 version of the powermac line, it’s called the eMac, and it sells for 799. It’s not a G5, but that is the point, its a lower version, of a quality Apple product.

Posted by joe on January 15, 2004 at 5:01 PM (PDT)

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then maybe they shouldn’t call it “iPod news”. maybe they should call it “we typed iPod in google and this is what we came up with.”

I think you missed my point, I know about the eMac.  What I was saying is, that at this point and time, an $800 G5 would be absurd, much like a $99 “ePod”.

Either way, lame article. Thats my comment.

Posted by jr on January 15, 2004 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

26

What the hell is this guy thinking. Has ever tried to record a class?? If it works good have you tried to listen to it.

Posted by CE on January 15, 2004 at 5:44 PM (PDT)

27

That’s not going to work.  In economic sense, they would lose alot of money.  Apple is doing good how they are right now. They have found a target customer and they have loyal customers.  If they diversify any further, they will not succeed in this business.

Posted by blupixelz on January 15, 2004 at 6:52 PM (PDT)

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Releasing a product such as ePod is going to make Apple go under.  Apple is doing good how they are right now. They have found a target customer (worldwide) and they have loyal customers.  If they diversify any further, they will not succeed in this MP3 business. 

Internet is too full of little kids.  i wish there was another iPod site that consists of people who are 18 or above.  i’m tired of seeing stupid messages and comments in the forum.  i’m just sick of little kids.  Go play with your lego!

Posted by blupixelz on January 15, 2004 at 7:08 PM (PDT)

29

i’ll say it again:

stupid

Posted by me on January 15, 2004 at 8:47 PM (PDT)

30

this article is almost as dumb as the one about the Ipod install in a boat.  it was VELCROed on his dash - thats not news!!!!!  hey admin - if its a slow new days how bout making up a story - “this just in ; Ipod kills child by forcing him to listen to Steve Jobs’ rants and raves!”

Posted by gabe on January 15, 2004 at 10:14 PM (PDT)

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I challenge any of you who are whining about this to come up with a better news item. iPodlounge is a free site and it is your choice to read it. hence you are wasting your own time. Especially if you take time to write a response complaining about it. Hypocrites.

Posted by wunderdave on January 16, 2004 at 4:53 AM (PDT)

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wunderdave: This site has an inordinate number of complainers/whiners/flamers, probably due to the number of young posters the subject matter (iPod) attracts and the fact that the site requires no registration. Often it seems that the same poster uses different names, and I’m sure many of these posts are just intended to incite a response that would perpetuate the tangential flame they create. Unfortunately, we have to wade through the garbage posts to find the occasional reasonable response to the subject matter at hand. While it may be frustrating at times, until the site requires registration we are likely to see no reduction in this behavior.

You’ll find that the forum discussions tend to be far more productive and focussed - and they also require registration, which seems to bring with it some sense of responsible posting (though it doesn’t seem that it necessarily would).

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 16, 2004 at 5:19 AM (PDT)

33

I sense someone wasn’t happy at macworld…

Posted by Fiddytree on January 16, 2004 at 6:54 AM (PDT)

34

like i said $250 for mini ipod is ####### stupid. they shoulda make it $150 or top $200.

btw atomic bomb dont bring up itune or imac selling great again to prove your point even when it FAIL to do so.

atomic bomb FAIL to remembering what the topic is. people talk about apple and he’ll talk orange. hes such a FAILURE!!! LOL

Posted by mini ipod suck on January 16, 2004 at 4:32 PM (PDT)

35

I thought the subject matter was some guy’s wish for an ‘ePod’, but I’ve just learned from our last poster that we’re in school. Welcome to English as a Second Language.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 16, 2004 at 4:43 PM (PDT)

36

its all about price and u a english teacher? attacking my grammer? childish atomic bomb very childish. grow up dumbass lol

Posted by mini ipod suck on January 16, 2004 at 4:55 PM (PDT)

37

Why do all conversations these days on this site devolve into flame fests between this “Atomic Bomb” and his many detractors? Or one detractor, if you believe him, but I find that hard to believe. In fact, I believe there is not a single “Atomic Bomb” but many individuals writing using this name. There’s no other normal way to explain the quantity of writings!

Speaking purely for myself, I’d love an epod. There are some cheap $100 mp3 players - Apple just need to figure out how to sell something with good removable storage, like cards or something. If you took the disk out of the mini Pod the cost would drop $150 immediately. Let users pay for the extra storage, if they wanted it.

Posted by please no more on January 16, 2004 at 5:04 PM (PDT)

38

“All these conversations” is a gross overstatement. If you don’t like it, then don’t read it. Really, who cares? It’s just friendly bantering.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 16, 2004 at 6:12 PM (PDT)

39

Apple doesn’t need to figure anything out, they already did when they introduced the first iPod.  They are making cash hand over fist and the HP deal will do nothing but solidify that.  In the holiday season of 2003 they couldn’t produce enough iPod’s to keep up with the demand. Why would they detract from that with an “ePod”? The iPod and iTunes as they stand now are 50% of Apple’s profit. That’s only going to continue to rise, and they don’t need to cater to the Walmart crowd to do it.

 

Posted by jr on January 16, 2004 at 7:40 PM (PDT)

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Your post is exactly on point, jr, if you’re trying to explain why Apple has never been able to gain market share before.  The “don’t have to cater to the Walmart crowd” attitude is why Apple enjoys a 5% market share.

If you want to sell your products to everyone and gain market share, you have to go after the “Walmart crowd”.  Not everyone can get a $400 toy for Christmas from Mommy and Daddy, and the more people you can put your product in front of, the better.  Why do you think that Mercedes and Lexus make $30,000 sedans?  Does it cheapen their brand?

Believe me, the day that Steve Jobs can sell a $99 mini iPod at Walmart, and still make a profit he will jump on it.  If not, he will be squandering the advantage that Apple enjoys in market share in the MP3 market, and he deserves to lose market share.

Posted by rdlink on January 19, 2004 at 6:52 AM (PDT)

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