Originally Posted by skalogre
I have to agree with Slim. A lot of the draw of the iPod is due to the fact that Apple was the first company to manage to popularise through heavy marketing and full integration with their proprietary software the media player.
Are you sure about that? It looked to me like the iPods popularity caught them by surprise? I thought the heavy marketing (for all of their products) came afterwards once they realized how popular it was becoming. I remember when it came out (I think) they seemed to release it in the usual Mac way but then had to scramble to make it compatible for regular PCs because everyone wanted one. I could be wrong, this was just my impression.
If no one were interested in features like changable batteries and EQ settings, I wouldnt be bitching about it now would I... Just because you are willing to settle for mediocrity with superior marketing doesn't mean that those who don't are WEIRD.
How many people actually research what they might want in a music player, listen to a bunch of them to find out which ones sound the best, and then decide?
I don't think people want all that much "stuff" on their iPods. It seems like most people want something that works and plays music. (Not that I care either way)