In an interesting interview with The Guardian, Apple Europe head Pascal Cagni revealed that iPod sales are still going up in Europe:
“We are always worried about a fall. In Europe we don’t yet have a fall. We believe we need to carry the message out there much better. In Europe we have growth while the rest of the market is falling… Having said that, we are worried, because we don’t want a fall. We believe it is not doing justice to the [iPod] nano, where for £115 you’ve got 8GB plus the camera… We renewed the category.”
Given that overall, iPod sales worldwide were down this quarter, that represents some good work by the Apple Europe guys.
It took Microsoft six years, from the release of the first Mac in 1984 to the release of Windows 3.0 in 1990, to make something that matched Apple.
It’s taken them eight years, from the release of Mac OS X 10.0 to the release of Windows 7, to get close again.
Welcome, Windows 7. Seriously.
Ken Doctor on Rupert’s attempt to get people to pay for news:
“When you hear Murdoch and other publishers justifiably scream about Jeff Bezos’ hard bargain — he keeps customer relationships and 70% of the revenue — you understand that they see the multi-platform future becoming real and want to be in the center of it.”
I find it incredibly ironic that the Internet, the medium which was supposed to lead to a wave of disintermediation where artists/writers/content owners would no longer need distributors to take a cut, has instead led to a massive new wave of middle men.
Apple’s iTunes Store, Amazon, eBay – all super-middlemen. And even Google, which should let you find anything you want, can’t break that up.