What People Said About the iPod 9 Years Ago When it Launched

Apple iPod might be one of the most popular gadgets of present day and over 90% of world population (including your 91 year old granny and 3 and half year old niece) might be knowing about it, but very few of us know about the amount of criticism it generated when the iPod made its debut back in Oct 2001.

What People Said About the iPod 9 Years Ago When it Launched

This is what People said when iPod Launched

“iPoop… iCry. I was so hoping for something more.”

“What a load of tripe! Gee! An mp3 player with a HD! how original! kinda reminds me of a JUKEBOX I once knew…”

“Not revolutionary. Big capacity mp3 players already exist. With Creative Labs’ entrance into the firewire arena, future nomads will have similar specs and better prices.”

“Sounds very revolutionary to me. Hey – here’s an idea Apple – rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why don’t you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up? Or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm?”

“A bad fit. This product is outside Apple’s core competency – computing devices. When many are calling for a pda, they release an MP3 player.”

“Without a future. This Christmas you will see mp3 players be commoditized. Meaning that the players from Korea will be way less expensive tha iPod. The real money is in DRM and distribution (ala Real Musicnet). If Apple were smart they would be focusing on high gross revenue from services rather than a playback device.”

“Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player. Go Steve! Where’s the Newton?!”

“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”

“All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-through digital device? The Reality Distortion Field™ is starting to warp Steve’s mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off.”

“It’s now at the online Apple Store. $400 for an Mp3 Player! I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time… and it’s not really functional. Uhh Steve, can I have a PDA now?”

“Revolutionary? There are already two products similar to this on the market. The Nomad Jukebox and the Archos Jukebox which can come with a 20 gig HD. The iPod is obviously a lot cooler and has firewire, but it is far from revolutionary. I for one am disappointed and think that apple is making a mistake by trying to get into this market.”

“Goofy Idea!!! OK. For $300 I can get an in-dash MP3 player for my car, which is where I spend most of my travel time. For walking, etc., a Rio is fine. At home, it’s right off the MAC or my stereo. Where oh where does a $400 (!!!!!) player fit into the scheme of things? Seems like Steve just wanted the coolest toy, regardless of its practicality. Besides, has anyone brought up the recent statements by the RIAA about completely blocking ripping of new CDs? Here’s to another bullet in the foot…”

via forums.macrumors.com

Apple Music Event 2001-The First Ever iPod Introduction

This is proof why you shouldn’t take your crticis, commentators and the haters too seriously. You must continue to work on your product with extreme focus. It’s easy to sit back in a cozy armchair and criticize someone/something, but when it comes to delivering things, thats the hardest part. So… DELIVER Quality and prove that your critics were wrong. 🙂


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