The iPod Economy

From Blogarithms comes this post about the “iPod Economy”. He cites this article in Business 2.0 that states there are nearly four million iPods out there and Apple has 54% of the MP3 player market. When I was talking about all the pieces being there for an absolute explosion in podcasting, I was shooting low. 4 million of these are in use, and that’s just the Apple ones. Moreover, they continue flying off the shelves.

3 Replies to “The iPod Economy”

  1. Stupid question for you (let’s see if HTML works this time):

    You said:

    When I was talking about all the pieces being there for an absolute explosion in podcasting, I was shooting low. 4 million of these are in use, and that’s just the Apple ones.

    I don’t have an iPod nor do I plan to get one. I do however have a plenty capable mp3 player (neurosaudio.com). Does this ipodder / get_enclosures thing you’ve been talking about and working on apply to general mp3 players, or just iPods?

    Now that the initial RSS dev wave has passed and tools and services are maturing, I’m taking an interest in it, plus I will soon have a “real” computer platform at home from which I can start playing with a lot of these audio delivery/queuing ideas.

    Happily sitting right in the center of the tech adoption bell curve …

  2. Some sites have a tiny note below the comment compose window listing what HTML tags are allowed. You should do that.

  3. The short answer is yes, they will. What they do on the Apple platform or on the Macs with iTunes is an automatic handling such that after the files come down, they get automatically added to the iTunes library and channel or date related playlists. Even if you don’t have that, though, it will still get the files down for you to add to whatever library management thing you use with the Neuros. It’s the automatic part that will be missing. My get_enclosures writes out .m3u files as it gets the files so that folks can have a reasonable way to use these files on non-Apple, non-iTunes setups. In that whole “last mile” idea, the integration with iTunes provides the “last foot” of hooking it all together. You won’t have that, but you’ll have everything but.

    I added in blockquote as one of the accepted tags, and I’ll take your suggestion and add that to my format.

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