Thanks. Good article , although I don't fully agree with the MP3 thing.
The main competitor for the iPOD are the Cellular phones. They all have now MP3 players, so who needs a special MP3 player.
I have my E71 with 720 songs on it, but yes my son just bought a new iPOD - Don't know why .
Tablets are a different story. It is a new type of gadget, and it will stay. Competitors will not disappear. It will take at least 5-7 years to sharpen that new type of device.
That is about the time it'll take to get to the point of PC today. It is the end of the line. They are all already over-Kill for 95% of the applications they are running
I still have my Ipod video 30GB from years ago. Hasn't broken down on me, and I find that mp3 players in phones are over rated. I have a huge music library and want it all with me when I go, especially if I do a tribute show and dont have access to laptop to stream my music from -shrug-
just my opinion there. But i do think that we will see many of these tablet competitors disappear over time. It will eventually just be google v apple.
The iPod touch is not just an MP3 player. I think that was the kind of "MP3 player" they were referring to. And they are being sold by the boatload.