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Mix: shuffle dissection, Dell, shadow mode, Gruber

AppleMatters has posted several iPod shuffle dissection photos. The innards slide out by pulling on the USB plug after removing the switch on the device’s backside. (It is not clear whether one has to pop off the round controls on the shuffle’s face.

In an interview with Silicon.com, Dell CEO Kevin Rollins says Apple isn’t “in the same league” as Dell and that the iPod is a “fad” and a “one-product wonder.”

Scott Knaster has noted a new feature in iTunes 4.7.1 for the iPod shuffle. The “shadow mode” option keeps your shuffle in the Source list even after you’ve ejected it so you edit its contents at any time for easy updating later.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has posted great article on Apple’s new Mac mini and iPod shuffle. The Mac pundit offers several insightful thoughts.

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I think everyone is taking the Dell guy’s points the wrong way - or there’s a bit of fanboy bias going on.

He has a point in that Apple is a different company to Dell - Dell’s business is not in the same area as Apple’s, it’s in the very un-sexy and unheadline area of corporate servers and mass contracts.  There is no way on earth my company would take a mass contract with Apple - because we need to use Windows, and because Dell could do it cheaper.

But I can’t see a time when I’d have anything other than an Apple on my desktop at home or in my pocket.  And I think the Dell guy is okay with that - maybe a bit narked because he hasn’t made the dent he wanted to in iPod sales - but not Apple-bashing, just reiterating that they are not really going head-to-head in the marketplace, and reminding people that he runs the bigger company (well, wouldn’t you if someone asked you that question?).


Posted by marmiteturkey on February 19, 2005 at 11:43 AM (CST)

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