Dell Says Sony Was A One Hit Wonder?

from the well,-sure... dept

Years ago, when Apple was struggling, Michael Dell made the famous comment that Apple should just shut down. It looks like Dell's replacement, Kevin Rollins, isn't shy about making similarly demeaning comments about Apple as well. His latest is to claim that the iPod is just a fad, saying that it really only became successful in the last year (not quite true -- perhaps that's just when Dell finally realized something was happening). Still, while everyone else will focus on that Apple comment, what's even more revealing is his comparison to Sony: "When I was growing up there was a product made by Sony called the Sony Walkman--a rage, everyone had to have one. Well, you don't hear about the Walkman anymore. I believe that one-product wonders come and go. You have to have sustainable business models, sustainable strategy." Is he seriously suggesting that Sony was a "one-hit wonder" company? Besides, whether you agree with Apple's strategy or not, it seems pretty clear that they haven't banked everything on the iPod itself, but have put together a strategy that involves synergies across a variety of product lines, from their computers to the music players to the iTunes service. I'm not convinced it's the right strategy, but I'd hardly call it a one-hit wonder single product strategy either.

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    Jared, 18 Jan 2005 @ 10:32am

    Appeal to trends

    It may be tredny, but that's how companies make money, sad to say.

    I personally find MP3 players ridiculous to due their expensiveness and the fact that I don't ever have a use for portable music. But, that's in my personal life, not everyone else's. Some people feel the need to carry their tunes on them at all time to help them feel trendier.

    The Ipod seems stupid to me. A 40-60GB player for $400? I'm personally going to use the money for something else. Again, that's just me.

    MS isn't appealing to trendy crowds like Apple is, and that's why the media is praising Apple right now. Apple made a popular MP3 player, so all attention is locked on their future products. Will it help their sales? Of course, but it won't be so drastic that the market shifts over night.

    If you can supply normal end-users with a trendy way to do things, then you have their money. Otherwise, you're finding yourself in MS' position as being called by the media to have "lack of ingenuity," and other ridicules.

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