Or in this case dismiss a gadget before it is delivered.
Originally Posted by RoadWarrior56
I almost did buy a Zune HD before I asked for the Nano. I almost bought one. It was not wanting to use a touch screen while carrying the unit in my pocket the relatively low audio volume and not wanting to use the Zune Marketplace that made my mind for me. Apple may want me to buy a Touch, and I may do that in the end. I was considering it anyway.
Don't buy into the garbage here on the net. Apple will be pleased no matter what you buy, especially if it leads to more music sales.
As to that issue with volume, remember you can't get back hearing lost.
But the question is, how successful will the new Nano be, assuming it ends up being the product that is being reported?
It could be extremely successful, we won't know of course until it is released. The thing that you need to realize is that the rumors are just that and are likely missing a lot of details. Apple has a lot of patents they could draw on to make that screen as useful as the current Nano.
And will they be better off with this product line than they would had been otherwise. That is an open question.
This is a risk every single manufacture takes with a new product or revision to an old one. Some flop like New Coke and others end up a run away success like iPad.
Apple like all companies wants success stories. If Nano is being refactored to the extent implied they will have worked hard to make it attractive to a large number of buyers. However their risk here isn't as bad as might be implied as current Nano and Shuffle sales have tanked. That is a good portion of iPod sales are now Touches. Further a Touch screen does not imply the same iOS as the Touch iPod, the interface could very well be an adaptation of the Nanos interface.
Before my iPod, I had a Sandisk Sansa, so I am not afraid of non-Apple products. Some people may go with a Sandisk Clip+ instead of the Nano.
I don't think there are many that are affraid of non Apple products. What they don't want to give up is iTunes. Or more exactly the infrastructure built up around the iPods.
Once you move to Touch and its computer capabilities that infrastructure becomes even more important. Back to this rumored device, it could be built to take advantage of that infrastructure and still suppott a tactile interface for traditional iPod usage. For example a surface like a track wheel could be molded into the screen or the functionality could be on the back of the device. On top of all of this the electronics for these devices is getting incredibly small so physical size dose not dictate performance. Apple could have a tailored made SoC for this device delivering the same performance as the first Touch in a fraction of the space. 3D chip technologies are coming on strong right now, it isn't easy to predict how far Apple will go here. I'm confident that potetial to impress is there.
In any event the debut is days away. Then we cannmake informed decisions. Maybe it won't be everybodies cup of tea but I suspect it will be desirable. I'd be really impressed if it had WiFi and FaceTime.