Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
You keep making my case for me… Either we're on the same side and you're making a joke that I'm not getting or you're not reading the links you're sending me.
Your original statement was that Apple has never
entered an established market.
I think we disagree on the definition of an established market.
The definition I sent was clear to me. "a product or service that is accepted by the majority of organizations to be necessary...". In short, a product that has a good following already. Which my point exactly. You might be thinking these products were still in the "emerging market" phase, but I argue against. There is no time frame for a market to become established, unless you can google one up for me.
Smart phones were in mainstream sice 2002, 5 years before the iPhone. I'd say that's pretty established. BB, Palm and MS phones were everything before the iPhone. Especially in the enterprise market. For a product to take over in enterprise, it's pretty well established.
Mp3 players, including cd/mp3 since 1998...heck even my 1998 Sony DVD player played digital audio files...all in mainstream and established before the iPod. Creative Nomad or Sony Mp3 walkman not big enough players in the market? I'd say the ability to play digital content in a portable manner had been available on many devices prior to the iPod. Perhaps no major battles for #1 before the iPod, but that's a technicality. The fact is they were well established. Jobs was even quoted in his bio with something like (to paraphrase): 'there were already mp3 players out there but they all sucked'.
So I'd say to state that Apple has never
entered an established market would be false.