Originally Posted by Noliving
Creative if I'm not mistaken created the first mp3 player
I don't know who created the first hard drive based MP3 player, but a small reserch group from what used to be Digital Equipment Corporation produced a design that a company called Hango/Remote Solutions licensed and produced as the Personal Juke Box (PJB). It was the first shipping
hard drive based MP3 player. I still have mine and it still works - it was really ahead of its time. A full year before the creative player that was bigger, had worse battery life and a sucky user interface in comparison.
Apple basically copying Creative's mp3 player and then refining it they(Apple) would have never gotten into the music industry.
See, you are making the common mistake. Apple didn't copy the Creative mp3 player, they took the concept of a hard drive based MP3 player (hardly unique to Creative) and bundled it with a management application at first and then a store later. The techie geeks derided it for not being able to just copy files back and forth from the file system but guess what - normal people don't care about that! They just want to listen to @^$#ing music - and Apple made that drop dead simple and intuitive. That's why Apple succeeded - not because they "just" copied someone else.
Apple invented the integrated digital music ecosystem. Yes, the individual components aren't unique, but the way they are all tied together - with the focus on the end user - certainly is.
Apple wasn't the first one to create a smart phone, yet they copied from the available market at the time and refined it, if it wasn't for them copying the smart phones that were already on the market, Apple would have never gotten into the smart phone industry.
Huh? Who was there for them to copy for an integrated app store.
Who was there for them to copy for free phone OS updates?
Who was there for them to copy for an integrated music player tied to an awesome online music store?
Who was there for them to copy for a useable on screen keyboard?
Who was there for them to copy for multi-touch?
I mean it is just so hypocritically of you and other people to bash Apple's competition as copiers when Apple's whole business model basically revolves around copying other companies products/ideas and then refining them before they sell the product.
Yup, Apple brings nothing unique to the table at all.
Your so right