YAiK (Yet Another iPod Killer)

Here’s the latest  in the never ending series of potential iPod killers:

The Samsung Z5

What makes this one significant is that Samsung hired Paul Mercer, 38, a veteran Apple Macintosh software designer who helped design the original iPod four years ago.


He Helped Build the iPod; Now He Has Built a Rival
NYT, February 27, 2006

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  1. miami commented on Feb 28

    Apple will surely get competition, but remember, Sony sold over 300 million Walkmans in a ten-year period, and there were plenty of copycats there.

    Yeah, I tend to think Apple will bungle this one as well. But perhaps they will surprise us.

  2. blue][erring commented on Feb 28

    the iTMS Japan was released in Japan in August of last year, though the iPod had been available for some time before then… likewise for AppleUSA, in that the iPod came out in 2001 and in 2003 the iTMS-USA was launched. For the 3ish years since that spark the iPod sales have been really very good. Now Japan has the iPod+iTMS combination in place and last Q was the first Q that had it.

  3. todd commented on Feb 28

    anyone else follow AAPL? Not looking so good… especially after their product announcement today.

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