CyberTech Rambler

March 1, 2006

IPod Hi-Fi, a step too far for Apple?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 2:36 pm

Apple just launched the IPod Hi-Fi. One word summarize it: UGLY!

I don’t care what advance technology Apple has used in the product coz most people do not buy IPod for the underlying technology, but for the “Cool” factor.

As far as I can see, IPod Hi-Fi simply add two large speakers (and a remote). So what make it different from other IPod enabled speakers in the market already? NONE.

Except two things: size and cost. IPod Hi-Fi looks huge. It looks like a cheap rip off of my grandfather’s old monophone speaker. How am I going to show it off to my friend?

Worse, one’s IPod looks like a sore thumb when connected to this rip-off speaker. Connecting the IPod to the speaker looks like an afterthought and unplanned. At least Apple should have the decency of designing a proper slot for the IPod.

As for cost, $350? Nuts. Too expensive. Buy it and people do not think you are rich, but a gullible man who do not know how to spend his money.

All in all, I do not like the product a bit. I hope this is a one-off for Apple. Otherwise, we will see a repeat of what the PCs did to the company in the 90s. And Steve Job will also gain the dubious honour to be the only person in this world who lost the market after building it with innovative products twice in the same company. Apple’s shareholders should also be reminded about the saying “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”.


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