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 Of course it's lost the "cool factor".   No mass market product that sells tens of millions of units can maintain a "cool factor" and no product that's sold in WalMart and other big box stores can maintain a "cool factor".   That's reserved for niche products that are hand crafted, custom designed or difficult to obtain because they don't make that many or don't have wide distribution or difficult to obtain because they're very expensive.    IMO, the iPhone lost it's...
Aside from the people who are there to buy phones and re-sell them, I've never understood this desire to have to get the phone on the first day of release and I've certainly never understood the people who wait on a line for days when the phone could have been ordered online.   I actually don't get it - if one has a job, how can they wait on line and if they don't have a job, one shouldn't be able to afford the phone (especially if they're buying it off contract and paying...
 I think the labels are desperate for any revenue they can get because the overall music business is less than half of its 1999-2000 peak (and that doesn't even account for inflation.  Accounting for inflation, the U.S. industry is at 38% of its 1999 peak). Also, when you don't support a technology that people want, people find a way to get it illegally, which is what the industry was blamed for when it responded slowly to the demand for downloadable files (and which...
Probably because all the components and/or final design wasn't ready.   So they couldn't manufacture earlier unless they deferred the announcement.    But what difference does it make?   Why does everyone think that every manufactured unit has to be available on the first day of release?   Not everyone buys the first day and people with subsidized phones have to wait until their contracts are up anyway.    My contract is up in November and that's usually a good time...
"Not everyone..." absolutely.    But the main attraction of WalMart, except in regions where they've squeezed out all of the local competition so there's no choice but to shop there, is to attract people who are most driven by the perception of very low prices, not the quality of the products.   The reality is somewhat different - I've stopped in a WalMart several times to find that among the (few) products that I would buy, they actually charged more than my local...
Good point.
 While critics will go ballistic over the high-end versions with expensive prices, I think Apple has to do this because the watch (IMO) is a "nice to have", not a "must have" and it's not going to sell in the kinds of numbers that the iPhone does, but what would (other than possibly "electronic Viagra")? I also think that having the high-end versions helps Apple's brand image as a luxury brand.   I think that image has been hurt in recent years as their devices have become...
No....don't be insane...Apple didn't pay $5 billion. You have to compare it to the number of single track and album downloads as well as physical sales that would have resulted if Apple didn't do the deal. Just looking at the U.S., while many albums used to get certified Gold (500,000 units), Platinum (1 million units) or Diamond (10 million units) that's actually exceedingly rare today.  In fact, it's been many years since an album has been certified Diamond.    Let's say...
No...cashiers are not going to ask for anything.   They're going to see "payment approved" and a receipt will print out. That's not the issue.  The issue is that until it's universally accepted at virtually every retail location that accepts credit or debit today, one still has to carry around a physical credit/debit card anyway, so while there is still some benefit to Apple Pay, it's not really going to enable people to get rid of their wallets.   However, in the U.S.,...
"Wish We Could Say More" ???!!!!!   Doesn't that imply that they're going to announce something (probably the iWatch) and then not give any details about it because it's not ready.   That doesn't sound good. 
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