<vito> were all the bloggers down on the ipod when it first came out?
<vito> or did we not have blogs back then
<vito> I remember Slashdot being down on it
<luser> don't recall, you're right about slashdot being down on it
<luser> "iPoop... iCry. I was so hoping for something more."
<luser> "Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player. Go Steve! Where's the Newton?!"
<vito> BusinessWeek called the Kindle the iPod of books and I think everyone's forgetting that the original iPod was kinda assy, and the current rev, several years later, is orgasmic or whatever. I think the Kindle is the first-gen iPod of ebooks. It'll jumpstart the market just like the original iPod did.
<vito> Everyone's comparing iPod of books to the current rev, which is dumb.
<luser> "hey - heres an idea Apple - rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up? or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm?"
<luser> way to be prescient, albeit completely wrong
<luser> "$400 for an Mp3 Player! I'd call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time...and it's not really functional."
<luser> "No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."
<luser> One of the "Top Five Worst Tech Gifts to get for Christmas in 2001" - TechTarget
<vito> the original ipod?
<vito> that's classic
<luser> so yeah, i think you're right
<luser> people forget that it took some time for the ipod to take off
<luser> they didn't break 5M units sold in a quarter till like 4 years later
<luser> ok, like 3 years i guess
<luser> first data point is Q1 2002
<luser> but they don't break 10M total sales till Q1 2005
<luser> then they sell like 80 million in the next 2 years
<luser> also i don't know that kindle will necessarily be the next ipod
<luser> but it's certainly too early to write it off based on the first model
<luser> especially since i'm sure amazon has lots of money to continue development
<vito> well, I think the whole sony reader is a portable book, kindle is a portable bookstore thing is important. I don't think Sony is going to make an ebook walkman, and you've got Apple with the wifi music store now.