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Mix: Disney/ABC, Apple earnings, Vending machines, NotPods

Disney/ABC will offer several of its hit shows such as Lost and Desperate Housewives for free on the web. The programming will feature commercials and will not be downloadable to computers or portable devices.

Apple will release its second quarter financial results on Wednesday, April 19 after the markets close. Analyst are expecting earnings of around 44 cents a share and $4.5 billion in revenue.

The iPod vending machines in Atlanta and San Francisco are doing well, according to Zoom Systems, the company behind the business. “Even though buyers are asked to plunk down a credit card for almost three bills to walk away with an iPod, the company says demand is strong, and they’ve started researching other locations.”

Forbes’ Stephen Manes has written an article, entitled “NotPods,” that looks as the lack of strong iPod rivals. “The burgeoning culture of iPod accessories, both software and hardware, helps ensure that those who think different and shun the iPod will remain in the minority. For the foreseeable future, the greatest competition for an iPod is the next one,” he says.

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Comments

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“those who think different and shun the iPod will remain in the minority”.
The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, but it may as well have been. If you’re not Apple, it seems that the only way to turn a profit in the MP3 player business is to have access to unlimited amounts of flash memory (ie: Sandisk and Samsung).

Posted by fondy44 on April 10, 2006 at 11:49 PM (CDT)

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the popularity of the ipod seems to be partly self-sustaining:  after-market manufacturers see that the ipod is popular and want to attract the business of ipod-owning customers by making ipod accessories, and that large selection of available accessories can make the ipod more appealing to people shopping for their first mp3 player.

Posted by Chibithulhu on April 11, 2006 at 5:41 AM (CDT)

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