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  Any time you saturate a market, sales will begin to decline until you hit a replacement cycle.    But I don't think we're there yet, and I don't expect big declines in Apple's sales, especially if they release new models, which will garner new interest.       Back in the "computer days", the analysts always used to argue that Apple should either license the OS or find a way to produce cheap computers like Dell and the other clone makers.     Look where Dell and those...
That's not the point.   I also think Word is a terrible app.   The point is that those apps dominate in the business world for better or worse.   At one point, I thought I would give up Office and use Apple's apps instead, but even though there's a certain level of compatibility, it's impossible.    If I know I'm bringing my Mac along, I'll use Keynote, because it blows people away as compared with Powerpoint, but if it's a document that I have to share with other people,...
  I agree with you about "discovery".  I think this is a problem for both media and apps.  If you know what you want, it's easy, but if you're looking for "new music that I would like" or "the best app to do X", I don't think Apple has ever solved the problem of how to find the best when there's a hundred thousand apps and millions of music tracks.       The best physical record stores weren't the ones that were the largest, they were the ones that curated the best.  ...
I disagree even though I think Microsoft's Pads are terrible.    This ad is addressed towards current PC business users (thus the emphasis on Powerpoint) who haven't bought an iPad yet and are considering a Pad as their next computer.    The point of the ad is that Microsoft's device is a serious device that a business person could use and that the iPad is not really suitable for complex tasks - that it's great for playing with silly apps, but for not much else AND that...
You can't violate the laws of physics. If you want good sound, you have to push air. The smaller the speaker and the smaller the amp power, the worse the sound. The smaller the cabinet, the less the bass.Modern TVs have the same problem because the cabinets are so thin. TVs had better sound in 1954 than they have today.It's a miracle Apple's products sound as good as they do. But when they prioritize "thinness" over every other aspect, there are going to be...
  Actually, you can't discuss prices when speaking to another distributor about prices in the U.S.    When I was in the CD-ROM business and negotiating a distribution deal with a potential partner, the one thing the lawyers told us we were never permitted to discuss is what price they were going to sell it for.   The minute you discuss prices in that context, it can be construed as price fixing.   Having said that, what's very confusing about this whole thing is that the...
Total b.s. Serious crime in NYC is at its lowest level in 40 years. Thefts are up, but it's mostly phones and pads.
  Congratulations on your very good taste and emotional maturity.
Both brilliant in their own way and both terribly flawed in their own way. But both are types who only come along once in a generation, if that. But I also think that CBS News is making too much of a big deal of Gates' "emotional moment", which was so brief that you had to stop the frame to see it.
I actually don't understand why Apple has to negotiate with the record companies at all.    I was under the impression that Congress has mandated rates for digitally delivered streaming music via the Library of Congress and Sound Exchange manages all this.    I personally think Sound Exchange's rates are absurdly high and they almost put Pandora out of business, but it's there.    I thought you HAD to go through Sound Exchange.    I do know that Sirius/XM does not use the...
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