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AppleZulu said:foregoneconclusion said:muthuk_vanalingam said: Forget tech press for a moment. What is your definition of "succeeding in the market place"? I see that @AppleZulu has given a different explanation for the OG Homepod to be discontinued. I am not sure I would agree with that explanation either. Someone who tracked Apple's revenue splitup by category very closely would be able to make a better logical explanation on whether OG HomePod succeeded in the market place or not. As far as I could recollect, the category in which HomePod was included did not see any noticeable growth in revenue in that year. But I could be wrong as well on that.
I see it more as a reset on Apple's part. $299 is likely what they learned from the OG HomePod to be the pricing sweet spot. But the OG HomePod wasn't producing the margin they wanted at $299. So they took what they learned from the OG HomePod design to simplify the internals while also maintaining or improving the sound quality etc.
Netflix may be in trouble in the EU, but Apple probably will just drop streaming within the EU. It is a low percentage of their revenue and profits. The EU is working towards a family of products for the EU and another family of products for the rest of the world. They will not stop.
The EU will also define screaming one way for the European companies and one way for the American companies and it will figure out someway to make it so that Spotify can still stay in the game. Note: Spotify just reported their last quarter and they’re losing more money as usual.