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Quote macnightowl.com: “When the iPod came out in 2001, it was regarded as a curiosity by most of you, an overpriced consumer electronics toy that might gain a small following, but not much more. However, Apple then did the unthinkable, which was to expand support for […]

Quote macnightowl.com:

“When the iPod came out in 2001, it was regarded as a curiosity by most of you, an overpriced consumer electronics toy that might gain a small following, but not much more. However, Apple then did the unthinkable, which was to expand support for Windows users, including the release of iTunes for Windows. Today, with tens of millions of users, it’s very fair to consider the iPod a Windows product that just happens to support Macs.”

Interesting to think that Macs might be a product that just happens to support Windows, eh? To say that, in this context, is to assume then that similar events would transpire. Hope you are buying as much stock as me!

  1. the ipod is a apple product that just happens to support windows.

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  2. I agree with michel…

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  3. Yes, mike over there is most certainly correct. Ipod just happens to support Windows.

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  4. When the iPod was announced i knew it was going to be big. I bought one within the month. two months later on my way to italy via england i only came across one other iPod. but everyone who saw the little white beauty were in awe…esp when told it held over 100 CDs worth of music. But all thse folks had nevr much heard of APlle. they were windows users. They wished it was available for their platform. I remember saying to them…Apple will have to make this product available for Windows. Apple’s iPod came out with a Windows version. …. And the rest is history

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  5. It just so happens that we are discussing a similar topic in another forum. And what I said there applies here as well. :)

    (Q) Could Apple join the console market?

    (A) Absolutely. Anybody can get into the console industry, but not everybody can be successful at it. ;)

    But when we look at the bigger picture (i.e., being entertained at home), Apple may be more successful than Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo … combined. Mac Mini’s iPod philosophy make it a formidable opponent.

    NOTE: I am, of course, speaking about subsidiaries – Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Games.

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  6. Hrm, I don’t think my point got through, which is Job’s uncanny ability to apply many models to different products or ideas. The iPod to Windows announcement parallels the Boot Camp announcement in the sense that Boot Camp means Macs just happen to support Windows like an iPod does. It just puts a smile on my face to think that the traditional barriers to people using Apple products are coming down. The thought that things we couldn’t technically achieve in the past are moving into ‘it just works’ bucket feels good.

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  7. Totally agreed. After all, Apple is essentially a hardware company and allowing Windows on Macs is going to help boost their profit margin. Better returns from all that money and effort poured into making great-looking computers is going to benefit Mac users too. I think software is a separate issue here, Apple isn’t going to make beige boxes running crap software just because there’s a big Windows installed base, not with Jobs there. After he leaves, I don’t know though.

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