Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Quickly reviving the iPod

A few days ago I suggested that Samsung and the mobile phone industry were slowly killing the iPod by introducing vastly expanded flash memory that could boost phones' capacity to hold music. Apple's announcement of the iPhone yesterday demonstrates that they have been thinking about this issue much longer and deeper than I have. It seems to be a big step in the right direction, integrating audio and video iPod services, calendaring, address book, web browsing (with wifi), and so forth. The form factor and browsing capability suggest that this device could take sales away from adjacent markets as well, such as the PSP, which Sony's been using to try to break into the handheld entertainment and web browsing market.

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