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Mix: Mass market, AAPL, Podcasting, Sony players

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, July 14, 2005
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“Apple is becoming a mass market company,” Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich said today. “The next perceptual change could be investor recognition that the company is building a sustainable consumer franchise. Although the current focus is music, look for Apple to go after video in the home with an emphasis on high definition.”

Shares of Apple surged today after the company reported its best quarterly profit ever and better than expected iPod sales. The company’s positive results also gave a boost to the companies that supply components for the iPod.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has written an interesting article on Apple’s fast adoption of podcasting, noting that speed was of the essence with incorporating the new technology into iTunes.

Sony has knocked Apple from the top spot of the flash-based MP3 player market in Japan with its new stylish devices. Sony’s share for flash memory players rose from 4 percent in March to 27 percent in June. Apple’s share with the iPod shuffle in Japan has fallen to under 20 percent.

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Sony’s success in Japan is not very surprising.  Featuritis (the manic desire for more features) is even worse over there than it is over here in the states.  This is the same featuritis that allowed the ergonomically (by far the most important aspect) braindead Sony Clie line to actually compete against Palm (PalmOne’s) significantly more user-friendly models, in their homeland.

I’ve played with a recent Sony MP3 player and found the controls to be idiotic at best, in their complexity…  ...however the success of such interfaces in Japan makes me think that if someone could invent a bottle cap that requires you to squeeze, then pull, then enter a combination, then blow into it, it might easily replace the screw-on cap in the Japanese market.

Posted by whitemiata on July 14, 2005 at 11:27 AM (PDT)


if someone could invent a bottle cap that requires you to squeeze, then pull, then enter a combination, then blow into it, it might easily replace the screw-on cap

The last Japanese toilet I used worked exactly like this.

Posted by Demosthenes on July 14, 2005 at 12:53 PM (PDT)


...... well you hafta give them some credit at sony at least….... their new flash players look pretty neat, and the battery lasts for THREE HOURS after charging it for THREE minutes!!!!! I’m all for the shuffle, but I think it’s important to be open to EVERYTHING and not instinctively attack anything that competes with the ipod.

Posted by bansheeblitz on July 14, 2005 at 3:28 PM (PDT)

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