Thursday, January 04, 2007

Slowly killing the iPod

Wired's Listening Post argues that Samsung's recent breakthrough in flash memory capacity will put another nail in the iPod's coffin.
As manufacturers start incorporating this memory into devices, a tiny musicphone will be able to hold more data than most desktop computers could only a few years ago. Aside from the interface, the only remaining question at that point is whether cell service carriers will allow these phones the same degree of freedom and versatility that made the computer such a success.

This seems sensible to me. It reminds me of one of the few episodes of The Apprentice that I have watched, in which the two teams competed to create a line of clothing that accommodates mobile technologies. Both teams came up with an item with a smallish pocket "for your iPod or phone." When the judges asked one team which tech would be more important, the team leader replied without hesitation: "The iPod." The judge's scorn was palpable -- appropriately.

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