Originally Posted by newbee
Extreme, you make some good points but you are overlooking one big item ..... carriers. You cannot make a valid
comparison of one company, one carrier against the total sum of all the other companies on all of the other carriers .... it just doesn't mean anything. Even the most impassioned "fanbois" (and that might well be me) can't deny that, at some point, the sum of everyone else is going to be larger than any number Apple can achieve on it's own. So what .... it just isn't a meaningful stat.
But there is something else that no one can deny either. Apple has never set out to "dominate" the marketplace. Their philosophy has always been to make "insanely great" products that change
the marketplace for the better and no one, I repeat, no one has done a better job at that than Apple.
Just ask yourself what the cellphone industry would be putting out today if not for the iPhone .... what the music player industry would be putting out today if not for the iPod ..... what the music industry retail marketplace would be like if not for iTunes .... what the small form factor consumption device would look like without the iPad. Would anyone else have created the App marketplace that exists today? ... I think not.
Apple may not ever be the "leader" in sales ..... but it will always
be the leader in creating the most "insanely great" products out there. The proof of that is the fact that Apple is the most copied company in the tech industry ... and that tells me everything I need to know to validate my choice to back Apple.
Some clear, level headed points, but fail to mention that Apple didn't necessarily start the change to the marketplace, just made people more aware of it. Android and a capacitive touch based phones existed before the iPhones conception. LG was the first to dip their toe in this area; developing their touch based phone at the end of 2004. Apple wasn't the first App Market as GetJar existed well before Apple came into the game. I remember using GetJar for my flip phones to find free and paid apps. Apple wasn't the first to integrate an app store into their phones either. Almost all the carriers beat them to the punch, Verizon being one of the few carriers forcing you to use their app store or no apps at all. Apple was the first to merge GetJar's openness to developers and Verizon's death grip approval process into one, so kudos there because that worked out greater than anyone expected (not sarcasm).
The music industry is now heading from rampant piracy to rampant low margin digital downloads. While Apple has been instrumental into getting people to pay for music, they've accidentally killed the "big" music industry. The upside is they've allowed for the "small" music industry to have a fighting chance against the big marketing budgets the bigger distributors take advantage of. So this one is tough call. Apple didn't create a single download application for all your music, they created the single download application for all your legal
The iPod wasn't a first either, nor was it a first player widely accepted into the mass market. Rio takes that claim. But there is no doubt that Apple became king when they paired the iPod with iTunes. That was a match made in heaven. The next innovative thing Apple accomplished was turning their iPods into fashion accessories. People were/are buying iPods in various colors not because they can get their favorite color, but because they can use the iPod to complement what they were wearing. Ingenious on Apple's part.
I wouldn't call the current Apple an "inventor" of anything except for the ability to market their products so well, that they suddenly become the inventors of pre-existing technology. In marketing, we wouldn't say Apple was an inventor, we would say Apple is an early adopter; leveraging little known technology for a strategic edge. Nothing wrong with that, because NO ONE does it as beautifully as Apple, and NO ONE can deny that.
When Apple was an inventor (Apple ][, Lisa, Newton, Mac) they didn't make money and no one really cared about them. Hell, even Jobs will admit Apple was desperate when they hired him back. When Apple became an innovator, the world bowed before their might.