Music, mp3's, etc.
Who woulda thought that something like the iPod would be so popular? Certainly not me. I rip CDs - which I buy mostly at Half Price Books, since most of the music I like is being recycled - and keep copies on my laptop and work PC.
Portable music is all about convenience - pure and simple.
>>but you can be they'll throw
Yeah, but knowing Microsoft, they'll go overkill and try and make it an all in one media machine. By adding video support, wireless internet support, and a nice massage feature, they'll create a product that's expensive, poor on power management, and suited only for a select few tech heads who must have the latest and greatest...That's just my prediction.
I already said it in this forum.
A portable MP3 player that doles out massages will sell like gangbusters!! For a while there I was wondering whatever happened to innovation in these sorts of devices... :-)
Portable music has been big since, well, the dayss of the transistor radio. Then the "walkman" type players, then the portable CD players. The all electronic version is just the next wave.
Since mobile phones are offering increased storage, media cards, bluetooth and wireless conections I can't see there being a need for stand alone mp3 players in the next few years.
Yeah, there will be hybrid devices, but just like some people still buy hi-fi separates some people will still buy separate music players, cameras and phones.
Tom (a programmer)
"Why did portable music become so big? I mean, whoopee. I don't quite get it."
I think any mp3 player's success now will be based mostly on the service that it is marketed with.
I am Jack's lack of a witty reference
I've never owned a walkman. Hmm. Never saw the point.
Well, the addictiveness of music varies in people. (Same with brown bubbly sugarwater.) Consider the iPod a portable IV drip for a drug. Portable music has a huge market because it requires no interaction or literacy, and the music industry has exploited celebrity so that it satisfies peoples' needs for stories.
Tayssir John Gabbour
"good taste who doesn't run with the herd"
Well, I don't own a mac, and I've only done some dev on them, but it's pretty clear it's a very quality system. No one is doing that kind of innovation. So even though I might not have an enormous reason to use them, I'd probably look well on someone who does. As long as they are being reasonable about it.
Tayssir John Gabbour
I have a Neuros (http://www.neurosaudio.com/index.aspx) and I love it. I use WinAmp's Internet radio along with Streamripper to save off the MP3s. I can collect several hundred tunes over a weekend. I d/l them all and if I don't like it, I delete it, culling it back it back to what I like. Works great. Eventually the RIAA will pull the plug, I suspect, but until then it's how I get my music, besides ripping CDs which I've purchased.
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