Boy, that will get some fanboys out in arms. But I definitely think that title is a fair question. Of course we all knew Apple would deliver on a slate, another worst keep secret from the folks in Cupertino. Now that we see it, anyone seriously impressed with it? In my opinion, it is just a stretched out iPod, not the game-changer many of us expected. Because of that, again I feel my question is relevant. What does this do that the iPod does not? Media? Yes, I suppose you can now download books to it, but anyone hear of a Kindle or a nook? I do not see the difference there. So basically it is a Kindle and an iPod together? I can sort of see that.
I recently listened to This Week in Google (http://twit.tv/twig), and I totally understood the point Matt(?) tried to make with the group. Apple continues to move further and further away from collaboration with their new releases. Sort of a dictatorship over there with a guy in a turtleneck in control. Now, though, the media industry including newspapers and publishers want to flock to Apple as Jobs will give them what they want: exclusive control to force 19th Century methods on a 21st Century crowd. So again, instead of businesses changing their business model, Apple provides them with the opportunity to postpone that change for a year, two at most. Sure, let’s pay more for books. Let’s not have additional content. Let’s bulk it down with DRM and other spyware. From this point on, any fanboy that wants to tell me why Apple rules, needs an answer for this first.
I think I will keep my nook!