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Mix: London, Shuffle demand, Dell & Napster, iTMS Estimator

Following the horrific bomb blasts in London today, Apple has closed its flagship store in the city. “For the security of our customers and employees, the Apple Store, Regent Street, will be closed for the rest of the day,” reads a brief statement on Apple’s website. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this morning’s events in central London.

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1

So are stock analysts designers and usability experts?  Did the guy have market research data showing that the lack of an LCD display was keeping Shuffle sales down?

Even if you can fit it in the current form factor, a display would be no panacea.

For just a couple of hundred songs, you couldn’t navigate quickly enough without something like a click wheel and a big enough display (has to show at least 4 or 5 lines)

Posted by wco81 in West Coast on July 7, 2005 at 6:07 PM (CDT)

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I don’t have any market research to back it up, but my gut feeling is that the lack of an LCD is hurting the shuffle a little bit.  I agree that a display may be almost pointless, but I still expect mp3 players to have a display, and I think some others may feel the same.

Having said all that, I will admit that I love the Shuffle.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on July 7, 2005 at 7:53 PM (CDT)

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I personally think that the lack of a display hurts MORE than a little bit.  If Creative and iRiver (and others) can do a FP w/ a display and a reasonably decent navagation system, I fail to understand why Apple couldn’t have made the 1G Shuffle the same way.  I bought my 1GB only because I’m a confirmed AAC/HD iPod fan who really wanted a FP that could play AAC, but the Shuffle’s functional deficiencies still really irk me, and have to be a put-off to anyone who really enjoys flash players made by other companies.  Clean lines and flashy commercials aren’t enough.  For the littliest form factor players I migrated over from an iRiver, and I have to say I really miss the functionality of that little FP.

Posted by flatline response on July 8, 2005 at 12:27 AM (CDT)

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What happened in London was horrible, nearly as gut-wrentching as 9/11 was (what can I say; as an American I naturally follow my compatriots’ heartache more closely and feel the pain more keenly).

Terrorism is a evil a path as they come; innocent people don’t deserve such calculated, inhuman acts of violence.  We humans certainly have a LONG way to go, assuming of course we can survive ourselves.  My thoughts and wishes for those stricken by these vile acts.

Posted by flatline response on July 8, 2005 at 12:48 AM (CDT)

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A moment of silence for London…
...

Okay back to topic: If they see the sales of the shuffle are dwindling, then when will they stop making all these accessories for that thing?  It seems like every time I check ipodlounge, there are 3 or 4 new shuffle accessories that are displayed on the front page.  Over it.

Posted by tetherah on July 8, 2005 at 11:22 AM (CDT)

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