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Is it time for an iPod IPO?

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2004
News Categories: iPod

Apple would profit nicely from spinning out its digital music biz now—before the market gets"commoditized, which it will be for sure. [...]

All of this makes Apple a force to be reckoned with in the music business. In fact, its musical offerings have almost single-handedly driven Apple’s stock within striking distance of $30 (it was trading around $26 as of May 4). [...]

For Apple, the best move right now is to spin out iPod and pocket the cash, because Wall Street’s current euphoria marks the market’s peak. Although Apple would be loath to admit it, digital music players are on the verge of commoditization.”

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This is pure fiction.  SJ has stated on several occasions that the ITMS is not a revenue stream for the company, and despite the fact that the iPod’s a huge contributor to Apple’s recent EPS, there is not precedent to suggest Apple would even flirt with such an idea.  Claris was spun off and not as an IPO.

Posted by matthew on May 5, 2004 at 7:03 AM (PDT)


“SJ has stated on several occasions that the ITMS is not a revenue stream for the company”

FIRST of all, why do you believe anything that comes out of SJ’s mouth? He is a notorious fabulist.

SECOND, if you were holding a goose that was laying golden eggs, would you tell your competitors about it?

Posted by Fair And Balanced on May 5, 2004 at 7:32 AM (PDT)


ah, fab, you need to get out a little more.  If you don’t believe SJ, then believe the Labels, who are pressuring ITMS, et al to raise the price charged for single songs.  Google IT.

BTW, you might also benefit from learning how to read a balance sheet.

Posted by matthew on May 5, 2004 at 8:20 AM (PDT)

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