Comment from: Bias Alert Visitor
MP3 players did exist before the iPod, but it was the combination of the iPod with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store that provided a seamless, one-click purchase-and-download experience for consumers, which was far more convenient than the alternatives at the time. One-click buying was licenced from Amazon, iTunes was derived from SoundJam, but the innovation here is the combination of all elements - hardware, software, and online music distribution based on micropayments. Again, none of this is unique, strictly speaking, but the implementation is top-notch, as is the ergonomics of the device itself.
What revolutionary about it? He's talking about a device that is acting as a catalyst for legalized music downloading. That's the revolution, there you go.
I don't know what the hell you're talking about? Was the original iMac a stolen idea?
Are you saying the iPod is ripping off someone else's ideas? Sure there were hard drive mp3 players prior to the iPod, but as I recall, there isn't anything out there that works quite like an iPod. Plus, they copyrighted the interface. How can this be a rip off if they patented it themselves?
You are just a flamer who's attempting to get more hits by slamming something so many people love. (And I'm only replying to your ignorance to generate more hits for myself.) You can't make a statement like that without backing it up with something. Not if you're trying to be a respected tech news site.
Oh! Konfabulator? http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Desk_Ornaments.txt There you go.
Sherlock making Watson obsolete? WRONG! Sherlock sucks. However, sherlock came out prior to Watson, and Apple had always intended for it to be a tool a user can use to get information off the internet.
iTunes didn't rip off SoundJam, because Apple bought SoundJam!!!
The only thing I think Apple might have ripped off is Liteswitch ...but I think it's Apple incorporating handy features from Windows into OS X to make it easier for them to switch.
I smell an army of zealous uber Apple fan-boys.
Comment from: Anona Visitor
As opposed to Windows or MS Music Store which are not rip-offs of anything done by Apple!
Comment from: jeffsters Visitor
Hey, I have two of those pre-iPod MP3 players for ya! Rio 600 I think? Anyway I don't think I ever got them to work right...but hey...send me an address and their yours! My Christmas gift to you!
Comment from: eponymous coward Visitor
Yeah, those iApps, Aqua, iPod, ditching legacy technologies, updating a modern OS in a timely fashion, new designs.
Sheesh. Did you get the hits and attention you wanted by flaming Jobs? Maybe you can write John Dvorak's column when he's gone- he does this trick when he doesn't have anything to write about- make some made up flame about Jobs and Apple that's shows the sky's not blue where HE lives...
Comment from: OS X Visitor
Of course you had an MP3 player before the iPod. Steve never said they were first. What they were is the first to make it work and to make it cool. He saw what was available before the iPod and thought they all sucked. You know what, they did. Do you still have that crappy MP3 player today?
You're such an asshole.
Comment from: a nony mouse. Visitor
Steve Jobs stop ripping off other peoples ideas.. hahaha I have officially heard it all. I should say Im surprised at how ignorant some people in the world are, but after watching clueless morons vote for bush nothing surprises me anymore.