Originally Posted by Robin Huber
I am surprised that iPod has only 71% of the market. I just don't see 29% of people listening to music on something other than an iPod. I teach in a community college and the students I see are virtually all using an iPod for music. At my gym over the last year or so I see the occasional portable CD player, one Zune, a couple of Walkmen, and the odd "other" once in a blue moon. Nowhere near a third of the market. Where are all these people not using iPods? Third world perhaps?
Well, not everyone can afford one, others care more about sound quality so opt for a sony (and yes the sony do have better SQ) , and some are loyal to other brands such as creative etc.
They would have even a bigger share if it was not for itunes, i know many people that just hate it, and, a lot of them liked itunes when it first came out, but it has just become so bloated.
The sad thing about ipods is that they are so much about image, the product itself is really nice but the headphone are crap, you can get such a big improvement with aftermarkert headphones but then people will not know you own a headphone. While apple might have the share of the MP3 market, why on earth they do not include decent headphones is beyond me, their headphones are among the worst on offer of the leading manufactures.
The zune itself is a good product. Ipod is the Cool product.