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Mix: South Korea, Oxford Dictionary, Pod2Mob, Digital growth

Apple is “lagging far behind South Korean rivals in the local digital music player market,” according to a recent survey. “When it comes to unit sales, Apple came in 13th place with a market share of less than 2 percent.”

“Podcast” has been added to the Oxford Dictionary of English. The definition reads: “A digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” [via MDN]

Pod 2 Mobile’s Pod2Mob software lets you stream podcasts to your SprintPCS phone. [via TUAW]

At the Music 2.0 conference, Sony BMG’s Thomas Hesse said that digital music is “expected to grow to 19-20 percent of the market by 2008. This is a fundamental transformation.”

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1

coming back from a recent trip to visit relatives in Korea, it was no surprise Apple was non-existant. There were one or two people i spotted with shuffles, but iriver and cowon dominate the public there. It’s all about the small, bright, wear-around-your-neck style there.

Posted by djsun on August 10, 2005 at 2:45 PM (CDT)

2

That’s because Korea is a very tech savvy country and iPod is a minimalist Mp3 player that lacks all the bells and whistles of the competition.  Koreans just love gadgets packed with lots of cool features and they can deal with complex navigation better than Americans.

Posted by Traderx25 on August 10, 2005 at 6:10 PM (CDT)

3

i think it is also because the korean market is still rather closed, if you look at autos for example, even toyota and BMW has miniscule market share compared to Korean brands, i think only itunes will be able to help apple break the market

Posted by khyberny on August 10, 2005 at 10:17 PM (CDT)

4

OK, a viewpoint from a korean…

First, the reason why small MP3 players dominate the market, is because most people who actually use MP3 players don’t have enough money to buy something over $300, like the original iPod or any other HDD mp3 player.

Also, even if Apple does set up the iTunes music store, considering that a music store with monthly fee that gives you unlimited music access is already established in Korea, it is a suicidal attempt.

Posted by Zeraxeal on August 11, 2005 at 1:28 AM (CDT)

5

i never understood the appeal of a subscription to music, you are paying for the rest of your life!  what if the company goes out of business, what if the record labels pull out the songs that you like, in the end you could be left with nothing

Posted by khyberny on August 11, 2005 at 10:03 AM (CDT)

6

It’s just like iTunes, except that it’s on subscription, and even if you do quit the subscription, you still get the music.
And if the record label pulls out the music you like, you can still listen to them since they are already in your computer, and if you haven’t got them…you can just look somewhere else!

Dodgy, eh? :D

Posted by Zeraxeal on August 12, 2005 at 1:09 AM (CDT)

7

change the ‘you still get the music’ into ‘you will still have the music you have already downloaded.’

Posted by Zeraxeal on August 12, 2005 at 1:10 AM (CDT)

8

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