Pods increase, DJs decrease
While I am sad to see anyone fall, I can see why Dell's hard-drive DAPs failed. They seemed just bland and complicated. In short, they wern't iPods - by a lot shot.
On the heels of Dell's decsion, Apple introduced a 1 GB iPod nano. Prices on the iPod shuffle were reduced as well. For those who want to get in on the iPod experence, this is the perfect time.
The announcements from Dell and Apple are more than a changing of the guard. This is a realignment of DAPs from hard-drives (which is more brittle) to flash memory (which is more durable). The nano was the first shot. I can't wait to see if Dell, Creative, Sony, or anyone else top of match the nano. In any case, this is war.
I know which side I'm on.