The Sky Is Falling! Dell Is Selling iPods!!!

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
Dell sells rival Apple's iPods

Ian Fried, Staff Writer, CNET,


In a case of strange bedfellows, Dell Computer has started selling Apple Computer's iPod portable music player, CNET has learned.

Dell Computer will carry just the Windows versions of the iPod, with some models currently available for order by phone from Dell. Web sales of the digital music player are expected to start shortly.

"Yep, Dell is reselling iPods," Apple said in a statement provided to CNET "We are delighted to offer our 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods for Windows through Dell's direct retail channel. iPod has been a big success to date, and we would like to make it even bigger."

Apparently the draw of Dell's online store for Apple and the lure of the iPod for Dell were enough to convince the bitter rivals to set aside their differences. The two companies compete especially hard in the education market, where Dell has moved ahead of the Mac maker to become the largest seller of computer gear to schools.

iPod on Target

Separately, Apple on Wednesday confirmed plans to start selling the iPod at all 1,100-plus Target stores beginning this week, in a move aimed at broadening distribution of the digital music player.

As previously reported, Target will be selling both Mac and Windows versions of the iPod, with all stores stocking 10GB versions of both Mac and Windows.

"We're thrilled that Target will significantly expand the availability of Apple's award-winning iPod to even more customers," Tim Cook, an Apple executive vice president, said in a statement. Apple plans to place a working iPod on display in every Target store.

Analysts say strong sales of the iPod could help Apple beat its financial goals for the current quarter, despite the sluggish economy.

"It could sort of save the December quarter, given the sorry state of home PC sales," Needham analyst Charles Wolf said last week. Adding a retailer like Target is key to reaching more potential buyers, Wolf said.

Wolf estimated that Apple might be able to sell as many as half a million of the devices this quarter, assuming that the company can grab about 15 percent of the world market for portable music players and that sales reach the 4 million units that some market researchers are projecting.

In September, Apple said that electronics retailer Best Buy would carry the iPod.


  • Reply 1 of 39
    rokrok Posts: 3,519member
    funny, first thing i said to a colleague was:

    "Hell has officially frozen over."
  • Reply 2 of 39
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    What next? Apple sells pocketPCs?
  • Reply 3 of 39
    jante99jante99 Posts: 539member
    Whats next, Walmart selling the iPod at 299?

    Maybe Apple will become a company that only produces the iPod and other digital lifestyle devices.
  • Reply 4 of 39
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    Merciful Heavens!

    It's like Microsoft selling Oracle software!!!

    "Dude, you're getting.. an iPod! ...but you're fired!"


    Crow T. Robot: "Madness! Madness!"

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  • Reply 5 of 39
    Dell is not stupid. They know a good and saleable product when they see it. Apple management must be walking on air, what with Target also coming on board.

    [ 10-30-2002: Message edited by: MacsRGood4U ]</p>
  • Reply 6 of 39
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    Wasn't there a market analysis that came out just after the PC iPod debut that Apple might gross a billion (US) dollars from it?

    I'm starting to take that seriously...


    From <a href=""; target="_blank">Business Week Online</a>:

    [quote] Tech-data tracker IDC has forecast 2003 sales of 25 million portable digital-music players with total revenues of $5 billion. Charles Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Co., predicts that Apple could capture as much as 20% of that market, especially if the iPod becomes a must-have Christmas item in the absence of other cool tech toys. (Wolf owns Apple stock, and Needham makes a market in Apple shares.) That would translate into $1 billion in annual revenues and $130 million in profits.<hr></blockquote>


    [ 10-30-2002: Message edited by: sCreeD ]</p>
  • Reply 7 of 39
    Sometimes, profits win over pride. Even Jobs's.
  • Reply 8 of 39
    powerpcpowerpc Posts: 109member
    This will Defiantely help put some $$ in Apple's pocket.

    Now watch AAPL go up to like $17.50-18.00

    Should've bought at 13.60. "D'oH!"
  • Reply 8 of 39
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Thank god good sense prevails now and again! Apple obviously has trouble selling competitive computers and they need every revenue stream they can get. So why not iPods? Perfect. And yes, if Apple's market-share continues to shrink, they're going to have to dream up more competitive digital lifestyle products to keep revenues up. Eventually, if they wanna keep on being a computer company, they're going to have to compete on price, just no way around that. They'll need other revenue streams if they wan to do that, so bring on the consumer electronics.

    Look at Sony kicking ass in the PDA space with over 10% of the market! And they aren't the most affordable do-dads either, but they sell. I think it's time for Apple to make a PDA. Yes, they're rather pointless, but people like to buy them, so why not sell some. And for heavens sake, a digital Camera please. It's time, the market is growing all the time, plenty of room for everyone, and lots of people willing to pay to upgrade.
  • Reply 10 of 39
    Actually, Apple has gained some market share. Go here:

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  • Reply 11 of 39
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Thanks for locking my duplicate thread, Brad. Sorry 'bout that.

    Yeah, it means 2 things to me: 1. it's really popular and they want to milk it for all it's worth, and 2. this might be some kind of grand experiment into making more of these accessories and getting away a bit from the Mac/"we sell the whole widget" philosophy. It just makes me curious about what else they're thinking about, because they probably don't want to make the iPod a one hit wonder with the kind of success they're having with it.
  • Reply 12 of 39
    willoughbywilloughby Posts: 1,457member
    [quote]Originally posted by jesperas:

    <strong>Sometimes, profits win over pride. Even Jobs's.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Actually I'd say it's Dell's pride. Apple isn't selling Dell's products. Its like Apple is saying, look how good our product is, even Dell wants to sell it.

    So I'm sure Jobs feels pretty good about that.
  • Reply 13 of 39
    Well, I about spit Cherrios on my Powerbook! This is could offer a great opportunity to get Steven as a Switcher!
  • Reply 14 of 39
    Michael Dell may not be as smart as he contends. Since he predicted Apple would be out of business soon, why not wait and buy iPods at sell-out prices?
  • Reply 15 of 39
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Or why not sell a few now, and have a cheaper knock-off ready to go next season?

    Dell is plenty smart, what he has, he scratched and clawed for. Jobs, OTOH, is extremely lucky to have found himself in the right place at the right time, the rest of his career has been basically to trade on his own, ill deserved, reputation as a luminary.

    Apple is not nearly as healthy as their bank account suggests.
  • Reply 16 of 39
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    [quote]Originally posted by Matsu:

    <strong>Or why not sell a few now, and have a cheaper knock-off ready to go next season?

    Dell is plenty smart, what he has, he scratched and clawed for. Jobs, OTOH, is extremely lucky to have found himself in the right place at the right time, the rest of his career has been basically to trade on his own, ill deserved, reputation as a luminary.

    Apple is not nearly as healthy as their bank account suggests.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    if I didn't know better I would think that you were a bot and the above was your automated response to everything

  • Reply 17 of 39
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    It's kinda funny, people complain about how apple computers are too expensive although better, but yet they are willing to pay for a better expensive mp3 player

    Apple's christmas season looks pretty good this year, best buy, target, and now dell

    how well do you think apple stock will do?

    apple has done it again though...iMac was a giant success, and I think the iPod was just as big or bigger respectivly scaled from a computer market to digital device. do you think apple could do this again with another digital device?
  • Reply 18 of 39
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Doesn't hurt to repeat the truth, Applenut.
  • Reply 19 of 39
    Matsu, indeed you are one of the "Sky is falling" crowd. Tell me what other company in the Tech sector has no long-term debt and over 4 billion in the bank and still spends a large percentage of their money on R&D?

    Your insights into Apple are as screwy as that guy that said the company would go to Intel processors next year.
  • Reply 20 of 39
    sebseb Posts: 676member
    matsu's signature should be "PCs: slumping prices, boring specs. I'm chicken little and all my friends like cheap computers so you should too, besides I feel like Apple harassed me. <a href=""; target="_blank">chicken killer</a>"

    I remember when the iPod came out there were a bunch of surverys on how well Mac users, in general, thought it would do. Half of the people thought it would fail. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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