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Mix: iPod boombox, Xbox sales, Wireless iPod, TVMyPod

AppleInsider claims that Apple will introduce an iPod boombox accessory that was originally planned for last week’s Macworld Expo at a special media event in the near future.

Macsimum News notes that “Apple’s iPod sales embarrassingly crushed the Xbox this Christmas.” More than 14 million iPods sold, compared to 600,000 Xbox consoles.

In a story on Disney and Pixar (Steve Jobs’ other company), The Times mentions in passing that Apple is “working on the next generation of iPods, which would have the ability to connect wirelessly to the internet.”

Reuters reports on TVMyPod and the legality of selling iPods that come pre-loaded with movies and TV programs already on them.

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1

Crushed Xbox sales?  Theres something called Limited Supply, I think its safe to say if there were 14 million xbox 360’s availible, they would of been sold.

Posted by Starbucks on January 20, 2006 at 8:40 AM (PDT)

2

Comparing xbox sales to iPod sales is kinda dumb IMO. Hardly apples to apples is it? xbox to playstation maybe, but to an iPod?
Now I’d like to see sales figures of the iPod versus Creative Zen’s, Sony Walkman and all other MP3 players….. that would be more valid…

Posted by Piarco75 on January 20, 2006 at 8:52 AM (PDT)

3

Comparing Xbox 360 sales to iPods seems really stupid and unnecessary. The don’t compete in the same market and they are not in the same price point. Also, the price-points and availability were not comparable. It just seems silly to me, like how people try to compare how many subscriptions to Napster and Individual downloads at iTunes. I am as apple as the next mac head, but these numbers are not comparable.

Posted by websnap on January 20, 2006 at 8:52 AM (PDT)

4

good example of bad journalism right here

Posted by hoancai on January 20, 2006 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

5

I think you guys missed the point of the comparison.  You are right in saying that the items are not in the same category. It’s not an “either or” issue, many people would love to have both.  The fact is there is a limited amount of money out there to be spent our “toys” whether they be computers, ipods, video game systems or anything else.  The XBOX and IPOD were both competing for our dollars.  Frankly, I wanted both, but had to decide where to put my money.  I went with the Ipod.  I also wanted a new brush guard for my truck, but again apple got my money.  Just because two items don’t compete head to head, doesn’t mean they are not completing for our cash.  The comparison was simply a commentary on where people were spending there money.

Posted by nuthin on January 20, 2006 at 9:32 AM (PDT)

6

“Nuthin” pretty much summed up what I was going to say.

The article was just stating where people put spent there money between 2 in demand products durring the holiday season.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by 3rdEye on January 20, 2006 at 9:40 AM (PDT)

7

Nuthin and 3rdeye I understand what you are saying. You’re stating that the author wanted to show where Christmas Gift $$ were being spent. I agree.

However, I wonder why they did not compare Apple to IRiver or another MP3 player? I think the point is clear, “Where Christmas Gift $$ were spent”, but the other point “Microsoft can’t sell their XBOX 360” is also clear. And taht is where I think we all disagree that it’s not a 1 to 1 comparison. Heck people will buy 4-5 shuffles, but you don’t usually see people buying that many XBOX’s at one time.

Posted by Jason on January 20, 2006 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

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The XBOX and IPOD were both competing for our dollars.

No they weren’t. At least not equally. MSFT was totally unprepared for the game, because they sorely underestimated their production capability. Heck, if MSFT wanted to, they could spin it that aside from Japan, they sold EVERY FRICKIN’ 360 that they shipped for Christmas. 100% sold out, and they’d be telling the truth, those bozos. As it stands, the claim that this article makes is misleading and disingenuous, because MSFT wasn’t beaten straight up by iPod, but by their own manufacturing ineptitude.

The 360 was (and still is) in very short supply. iPods—even the black versions—were easily available, at least around here; our biggest local Apple store never seemed to run out of any model (aside from the 1GB Shuffle) during the Christmas rush (Best Buy or CompUSA might’ve been another matter), while most retailers were lucky to get a half dozen 360s every two or three weeks.

There were A LOT of people who wanted 360s before Christmas but couldn’t buy them because they simply weren’t there to buy. I was supposed to get my 360 at the beginning of December, but because MSFT dropped the ball on making enough to meet even a fraction of the demand only NOW has my name got towards the top of the list (and this mostly due to people ahead of me giving up, or searching hard to find them from another source and then taking their names off the reservation list).

Considering that before Christmas, there were plenty of people were willing to pay DOUBLE AND MORE on eBay for 360s, the demand was certainly there.

Posted by flatline response on January 20, 2006 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

9

And no one’s talking about this iPod boombox thing or the wireless Internet thing?

Wireless Internet, I like - you could just toss this off as one thing in the rumor mill but it seems weird that it would just be mentioned in passing. It would only be good if it was free, though. People who don’t have a computer could directly download from the iTMS - iPod sales start opening up to new markets.

This iPod boombox sounds kind of cool but it seems like a scheme to get Apple some more money - specifically, to have “official” Apple products take over the iPod accessory market (where other companies are thriving).

Posted by JoshSpazJosh on January 20, 2006 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

10

Well, the 360 was completely sold out so people couldn’t even get their hands on one if they wanted to. Another thing is that the 360 would end up being a lot more expensive since you would have to buy games, extra controller and so on. Lastly, these products are in two different categories. A similiar headline could’ve stated “iPod embarrassingly crushed Old Navy scarve sales”. It just doesn’t do any good to compare the two. Like it was stated above, it would’ve made more sense to compare iPod, Creative, iRiver, etc.

Posted by hoancai on January 20, 2006 at 12:53 PM (PDT)

11

The boombox will probably include a cassette deck, AM/FM tuner, and other out-dated technology.  Every other electronics manufacturer continues to force old crap like that on us, so don’t you think that Apple will?  Nah, the boombox will most likely be “slicker than snot”. grin

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on January 20, 2006 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

12

What a stupid “we’re number two, we try harder” fanboy article…Xboxes and iPods aren’t comparable products and should not be compared.  By the logic used here, we may as well flood the press with stories about how people bought bread and meat this holiday season, crushing sales of iPods to the disappointment of Apple shareholders everywhere.

It’s stupid.  It’s Mac fanatics trying to pump up the Apple image.  Newsflash, fanboys…everyone already loves the iPod.  Shut it.

Posted by stark23x on January 20, 2006 at 1:21 PM (PDT)

13

Of course, it’s possible that iRiver’s and Creative’s numbers weren’t even worth mentioning.

Posted by iPodG5 on January 20, 2006 at 1:53 PM (PDT)

14

You want a big story..?  Guess what..?  More people bought gas last quarter than bought iPods.  The oil companies crushed Apple in sales last quarter and are expected to do the same again this quarter.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on January 20, 2006 at 2:25 PM (PDT)

15

I just dont get why people compare the iPod to the likes of PSP and now the Xbox 360! The iPod is a totally different product and shouldn’t be compared with them, you should compared them with other DAP’s like ones from Creative! I not saying this because I’m some sort of fanboy.

Posted by evoGage on January 20, 2006 at 4:02 PM (PDT)

16

Well, considering you’re comparing a relatively unlimited supply to that of 600,000 , of course the iPod would win. This is quite possibly the stupidest comparison I have ever seen.

Posted by biiscit on January 20, 2006 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

17

I dont want to upgrade to the wireless ipod in the next few months!... 3 months i bet and then they’ll be coming out with the wireless ipod and the boombox:()

Posted by ipoder555 on January 20, 2006 at 5:14 PM (PDT)

18

Someone dislikes Xbox’s…anyways, like others have been saying, the reason only 600,000 Xbox 360’s have been sold is simple, only 600,000 Xbox 360’s have been made. Plus, why are they even being compared? Their not even designed for the same thing, true Xbox 360’s play music and videos, but it’s a secondary feature, it’s all the iPod really is, plus the Xbox is not portable, iPod is. Why are these two products being compared? That’s quite stupid, really.

Posted by PimpyMicPimp on January 20, 2006 at 6:58 PM (PDT)

19

WTF

I BUY AN IPOD AND A FEW MONTHS LATER THEY UPGRADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ph3412t3h13 on January 20, 2006 at 8:12 PM (PDT)

20

“WTF

I BUY AN IPOD AND A FEW MONTHS LATER THEY UPGRADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “

Deal with it. Thats how it is in the electronic consumer market. One day your purchase is top of the line. The next week it’s old news.

Posted by Nobody on January 20, 2006 at 9:38 PM (PDT)

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