Motorola CEO Whines "Screw the Nano"

from the world's-tiniest-violin dept

Sound like somebody’s upset that they got upstaged: “Screw the nano” is Motorola CEO Ed Zander’s verdict on the latest iPod, announced at the same time as Motorola’s rather disappointing iTunes phone. “What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users,” he said in an interview. While he may be right that in many countries people are eating up mobile phones that can play music, they’re only interested when the phones in question don’t suck. Make a device that excels neither as a phone nor as a music player, and nobody’s going to care. Perhaps some of Zander’s vitriol should be aimed at his company’s engineers for coming up with such an underwhelming product, rather than at Apple for creating something people actually like.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Motorola CEO Whines "Screw the Nano"”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
MindTrigger says:

Re: Ignorant

“What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?”

This is exactly the kind of ignorant statement I would expect some technophobic grandpa to say, not an executive at a “forward thinking” electronics company.

My answers to his stupid questions are:

1) The nano allows a very portable means of allowing me to listen to music where ever I want. Often times I DO NOT WANT my phone to be with me while I am in that place.

2) *I* listen to 1000 songs. Actually, my current collection of MP3’s in 10,000 song range.

I plan to buy a nano because it’s smaller, and because it will force me to more actively move music on and off the device. I found with my “big” ipod, that I have so much music on it already, that I get lazy about adding new stuff…

Went to 3 stores this afternoon to buy a 4gb nano, and they were all sold out. Only one of the stores had a couple 2gb nanos left.

MindTrigger says:

Re: Re: Ignorant

I should also add, that cell phones do not have to be a swiss army knife of features. I’ve had lots of high-end phones, and even being a techno lover like I am, I barely used any of the features. Cameras, streaming tv, games, apps, whatever. Most of it is marketing fluff pushed to me on a screen that is too damn small in the first place. Hell, I have Dell Axiom PDA, and I can barely stand THAT screen.

DazedTech says:

It's all about business.

I’ve been in the computer industry long enough to know that someone is always going to upstage you and sometimes you’re going to come out with a flop or a defective product. (Apple Newton, Intel Processors with the FDIV problem, and Western Digital HD drives with the 6GB problem in the late 90s; just to name a few) – People make mistakes but if I were the CEO of Motorola, I’d at least listen to my customers instead of whining.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...