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you know that if Samsung, Motorola, and the rest had actual tablet sales figures that were good, or even respectable, they would have bragged about them by now. or at least reported numbers along with the financial quarterlies. but if they are embarrassing ... however, it is still too soon to conclude the tablet market will turn out like the "MP3 player" iPod market, with Apple holding 70+% indefinitely. by the end of this year we should see fully-baked Android and other...
very good chance that, yes, the iPad will hold a 70+% share of the "tablet" market indefinitely, as the iPod has done for five years in the PMP market. with the rest split up among several alternatives. that is not quite a "monopoly" in the legal sense, although it would warrant close attention for any anti-competitive Apple practices. more accurate maybe to call it a "dominant" market position. of course the iPod touch is in fact a mini-tablet. and a portable game player....
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everyone's opinions here are just opinions. duh. needs saying? i've used DLNA with my PS3 and TiVo. it is ok but the "lowest common denominator" by design and thus very limited in what it can do. dumb playback is about it. what about custom equalizer settings? what about your metadata? direct links to iTunes store or any store for more info? in no way is it an equivalent to Home Sharing, let alone AirPlay. i've got one of the several IR universal remote accessories...
Sony is desperately copying Apple, and will sell some number of these tablets - the normal one anyway - maybe more than most of the other OEM's if it is great hardware. but in spite of all Sony's efforts their ecosystem is just not good enough to compete with iPad. for good example, Sony also sells a new AppleTV copy device now, the SMP-N100, for about $90. it can be controlled with an iOS app even. but it uses DLNA to share media on your LAN - which is ok, but basic...
yup. and you forgot to mention Sony and Nokia/MS too. but the market power of inertia is strong (look at Windows). why should a consumer take the trouble to switch from iTunes, which they have been using for years and know well, to one of a half-dozen copycat ecosystems which don't work fully with each other (DLNA is too limited). which is why the Amazon media store is still far behind. and Apple's new iTunes cloud service will maintain the status quo there. the same...
Netflix subscription VOD is for a limited selection of older films, not the new releases that are offered as single VOD rentals for $x at the same time by iTunes and the rest, or even before, as the DVD releases. so technically a different sub-market. if "all movie rentals" is the market under discussion, including mailed DVD's, sure, Netflix is #1. which means VOD is still way behind physical DVD rentals. because of the price of course. VOD costs at least twice as much...
"... that will challenge Apple's iTunes movie store for control of the VOD market." umm, actually NO ONE controls the VOD market today. Apple, the cablecos, Amazon, and soon others already divide it up. Google wants a slice of its own, not "control." what Google does intend is to try to copy most of the iTunes media ecosystem, since that is one of Apple's big advantages. a Google music store is coming too. that's the real story here. meanwhile, Apple is working on...
good catch on the actual timing of F700. and it did not go on sale until the Fall of 2007 as the Croix. the touch UI was quite primitive, much more like the early smartphones of 2006 and not much like the iPhone at all. except for the grid of icons on the home screen of the first prototype, which was revised somewhat later. but arranging icons in a grid of some sort was pretty standard for many years anyway. that's not the basis of Apple's claim.
ATV is so inexpensive @ $100 that it is easy to justify buying even with its limited - but nice - current capabilities. and AirPlay has a huge potential for expansion. i don't see Apple making its own brand of HDTV's. instead, apps will = channels. the MLB and NBA apps on iPad and ATV already show how this will work - streaming video, both live and on demand, like a normal CATV channel and also adding a lot more services to that. you can subscribe to just the ones you...
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