Motorola and Apple are huge players in the portable technology industry. Motorola is hugely popular for their mobile phones. Apple has dominated the market with their DAP’s (digital audio player). What happens when these two companies combine forces? Disappointment. After disappointment comes name calling. Is this kindergarten?
I’m not one to follow the he-says-she-says BS that goes on, but this one wowed me. Ed Zander’s words towards Apple’s newest iPod “Screw the Nano”. Knowing that the Nano does not have threads, Ed was not implying that the Nano be twisted into a piece of wood.
I’m going to speculate a few things here now. The iPod Nano holds 1,000 songs, and Zander said “What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music”. Thing is, that iTunes phone, the Motorola ROKR, only holds 100 songs. The Nano was released on the same day that the ROKR was debuted, and the ROKR took a blatant second place. The iPod Nano blindsided us, nobody had any idea that a smaller, color iPod Mini killer was to be announced.
Motorola and Apple’s combined phone efforts were talked about, written about, and forged about. The phone was hyped up so much that when we found that only a mere hundred songs would sit on the phone, everyone turned their attention to the pencil thin iPod Nano. That’s where I think Ed Zander lost his temper, and whipped out his Philips screwdriver.