gfantasy wrote:Again. How does that affect the product's quality?
It doesn't, but Cu is spot on basically. Like I said, the iPod manages to be a well-functioning MP3 player that's practical, is of superb quality, and it has great product support. By that I mean, the iPod has opened up new doors for other companies to build services/products that cater to iPod users. That's why the iPod has an edge over the iRivers and Toshiba Gigabeats of the world, on top well-placed, well-targeted, and well-executed ad campaigns, which tend to lure the 20 year-old college emo kid yuppie more often than not. In fact, the iPod really is a part of our vernacular just like saying you've Googled something. I do perceive the iPod as the status symbol of our current generation also (by that I mean, teens up into late 20's, early 30's even), but it's gotten to the point where the whole iPod phenomenon is just annoying in my opinion.