Key To Power On The Internet: Having An iPod

from the really? dept

iPod owners are "among the Internet's most influential users", some market research firm is claiming. Apparently iPod owners are more likely than the rest of the plebes on the internet to have blogged, sent a text message on their phone or downloaded videos. The hard-hitting study also says they're more likely to own DVRs, PDAs, laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, and probably have broadband. Hang on -- you mean early adopters are, uh, early adopters? Really? Don't wait much longer, folks, just two more months to get your entry in for the 2005 Obvious Awards. And the competition's looking pretty stout.


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    fuzzmanmatt, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 2:40pm

    No Subject Given

    That's great! I have everything on that list, and it's all less than two years old, except for the phone, and that's because nothing in that market has come out in the past two years that's been anything better than what's two years old already.

     

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    Well...., Oct 25th, 2005 @ 3:04pm

    Numpties

    What kinda statement is that ? Ipods are bought by sheep "O look someone else has one why don't I?"
    anyone with half an ounce for a brain can see the Iriver has a better media experiance than ANY Ipod and 90% of the creative players are much better audio quality. What do Ipods have ?! Crap heaps - I own a Zen and all of the above ... minus the ipod of course...heres a revolutionary statment just like the one above
    "people with computers are 98% more likely to have the internet than people without computers"

     

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      MindTrigger, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 3:33pm

      Re: Numpties

      "iPods are bought by sheep"

      translation: "I'm too cool, or too cheap to buy an iPod."

      Seriously, I did the research and found the iPod to be the best player for ME. Yes it's a little more expensive, but after dealing with crap like Sony's ATRAC, I'll take iTunes (or winamp running a plugin) any day. I also like the cleaner form of the iPod compared to the other players I looked at. Most of the other players look like some garbage from a Sci-Fi channel afternoon matinee in my opinion.

      So you decided to buy a Zen, good for you. I looked at the Zen, and decided not to buy it because there are 100 times more accessories and addons for the iPod, and it jacks right into my Audi.

      If the Zen was a better machine for me, I would have bought it. I have no brand loyalty, especially not to Apple. Your generalization about iPod users is rediculous.

      Must be time for your meds.

       

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        brianbot5000, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 5:10pm

        Re: Numpties

        Though it would appear Numpties hit a nerve with his bashing of the ipod, MindTrigger is simply reacting as he's been programmed to do; the ipod is set to play a continuous subliminal message while you're listening to your itunes, through your iheadphone buds, all protected nicely by the ipod carrying case.

         

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          Zealot, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 6:04pm

          Re: Numpties

          Rawr! That's a dirty lie, n00b! Hold on, I must.... kill.... Gates...... Kill... Microsoft..... Buy.... Official Apple-Approved Third Party Accessories.... awrrrghh.....

           

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        Xtreme, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 7:33pm

        Re: Numpties

        As a windows user I bought my first Ipod when it only could work with Mac. This is my third Ipod.
        As a long time Ipod user i can say Ipod is overrated when compare with what you can buy in the market right now.
        The only thing that Ipod tops the rest is the look.
        Whats with this vidoe Ipod? I think portable vidoe is the dumbest idea. WOULD YOU WATCH A CLIP, A MOVIE OR SITCOM ON THAT THINY SCREEN WHILE WALKING DOWN THE STREET? I guess not. Then again I've been wrong before.

         

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      splif, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 6:40pm

      Re: Numpties

      Kind of like windows users.

       

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    Luke, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 3:39pm

    so..

    If I own everything of the above expect an iPod.. what happens?

     

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      Stifin, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 4:32pm

      Re: so..

      Clearly the internet begins to implode. Slowly of course, or it would have been done already. But its happening.

       

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    Rikko, Oct 25th, 2005 @ 5:05pm

    Bad association

    iPods have dick all to do with it - it simply means that "tech savvy" folks are more into buying gadgets.. Big deal.

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, Oct 26th, 2005 @ 5:40am

    I held off, too

    I bought a Samsung YH-820 MP3 player. it's about the same size as the iPod Mini, it has a color display, can display pictures, has decent sound quality and was cheaper than an iPod.

    It also takes 22 seconds from pressing the button (in an Off state) until you hear any music.

    It also uses a proprietary Samsung cable that costs $16 to replace, and for whatever reason it won't charge from USB - only from an AC Adapter, and a second AC adapter is $82 (from Samsung).

    The battery life works out to about 5.5 hours of play time so you can't get through a full day of work on battery, so you need to spend almost $100 more to get a second cable and AC adapter so you can have power at work and at home. At that point you've exceeded the cost of an iPod.

    Get a sudden hankering to hear a song by Yes on your Samsung? Plan on hammering away on the Down button a few hundred times to work your way through your artists list.

    I bought an iPod three weeks ago and haven't regretted it yet. From Off to Play is around 1.5 seconds (depends on if you're resuming an audio book or music). The click wheel on the iPod makes it a matter of 2-3 seconds to find your way from Abba to Yes

    I have a docking cradle at home and at the office, both with the line-out connected to the PC so I can keep my headphones plugged into the PC. At the end of the work day I shutdown the iPod (2-3 seconds, much faster than the Samsung's 15 second shut down) and carry it out to my car where I snap it onto a Belkin auto kit which provides power and an audio connection to a cassette adapter, and then when I get home I pop it off the auto kit and drop it in my desktop cradle there where I can listen to music through my nice desktop speakers.

    The desktop cradles are non-OEM from Insten and cost me $8 each via Ebay, and the Belkin auto kit was $18, again via Ebay. The iPod has no problem charging via USB so no need for another $82 AC adapter, either.

    Also with the Samsung I don't get the convenience of roughly a zillion free podcasts that will automatically download and update without my having to do anything more than drop my iPod into a cradle.

    I was at Sam's Club this past weekend and they had one of the Samsung YH-820s left for $60 - significantly less than the $200 I paid for it earlier this year. iPod prices drop, but not that drastically because they retain their value.

    I should point out that I am not a fan of Apple. This is the first Apple product I've ever owned (although I have used iTunes for a year or so, strictly for buying music). I am not suddenly an Apple fan, nor will I rush out and buy one of their over-priced/under-powered PCs because of this, but I will give them credit for getting the iPod right.

     

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      Just one average guy, Oct 27th, 2005 @ 12:58am

      Re: I held off, too

      Awww, come on, all of you commenting this post!

      What is with this "Mine is bigger than yours" thing about the iPod? Was Carlo's post about this? Is it relevant here? (is it relevant ever?)

      Shall we strive to understand the little irony that's behind the story we were told by Carlo, or will we react like bulls in front of a red rag everytime somebody uses the wrd iPod?

      Shall we try? iPod, iPod, iPod!!! Photo, Video, Mini, Nano! There! Now, very good, you've remained calm, haven't you?

      Now shall we discuss (or laugh, as the case might be) about the cluelessness of someone who can't identify a causal chain between owning an MP3 player and owning a lot of other hi-tech gear, regardless of the actual type of Mp3 player? Or has this escaped all of you?

       

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    Haggie, Nov 14th, 2005 @ 5:08pm

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    My friends and co-workers that own iPods are the most technically challenged people I know. They are the last people anyone would call "early adopters".

    Kudos for Apple's marekting team and their ability to take very pedestrian consumer technology, put it in a really cute package, and spin it as "cutting edge".

     

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