17 January, 2005

The iPod Fad

Dell dismisses "one-product wonder" iPod as a "fad"

"It's interesting the iPod has been out for three years and it's only this past year it's become a raging success. Well those things that become fads rage and then they drop off. When I was growing up there was a product made by Sony called the Sony Walkman - a rage, everyone had to have one," he said. "Well you don't hear about the Walkman anymore. I believe that one product wonders come and go. You have to have sustainable business models, sustainable strategy."

Yup, the walkman rage. Everyone certainly had to have one. In fact, I would bet almost everyone did have one. Although the funny thing is, I still see people buying them today. Oh, sure, not in the same numbers as the early 80s. But people still buy them. And it's not like Sony stopped with the Walkman, either. I mean, last I checked, they actually offer quite a few good-quality, consumer-grade audio components and products.

Oh, and pardon me if I'm not remembering correctly, but didn't they pretty much invent the compact disc?

I'd really hate for something like that to happen with Apple and the iPod. It would just be terrible. Absolutely terrible.

Now, let's compare that with the lasting innovations that Dell has brought us over the years....


(Wait for it)

The Dell dude? The Dell delf? Those interns? Bad case design?

I must be missing something

Oh well, I tried. Maybe someone else knows the answer to this mystery.


  1. Dell has a point fads do come and go!!!!! But the ipod is so expensive how can anyone afford one?

  2. The I-Pod, like those old 8-track players, is a fad. Afterall, everyone had to have an 8-track player in the 1970s, it was cool. You coudl carry it around and listen to music, looking really cool in your white leasure suit, right? Well today you can look really cool with your I-Pod and your ghetto clothing...ha, the I-Pods are a fad. Is digital music? No. Something enw will come along and take the I-Pods place, wait and see.