Khoi found this fascinating little gem from the depths of the Internet: the Macrumors forum on the day that the iPod was unleashed on the world. What’s interesting is the amount of negative feeling and general disappointment. It seems like a lot of people were holding out for a new Newton, but were incredibly cautious following the failure of the Cube.
And remember this is October 2001, so when the inevitable squabbling erupts, pretty much everyone accuses everyone else of being “a Taliban”.
Here are some gems:
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!
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.
All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-thru digital device? The Reality Distiortion Field™ is starting to warp Steve’s mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off.
— nobody special
This iPod is for spoil rich kids with insane parents or an Apple fan as fannatic as a Taliban. It has good features but forget about getting it for $399!!!! Never, who gets that thing is a very stupid person. Steve Jobs is under terrible consuling or is under too much pot. This propusal is not realistic at all. If Apple does something like this again is going down. This unit may work for an audio engeneer to record some conference or rock band on the field in place of buying a expensive DAT machine, that is the only real good market this machinne is gonna have.
I particularly like this one, where the person doesn’t quite seem to realise that they’ve summed up the brilliance of the iPod in a nutshell:
Doesn’t a Mac with a CDR undermine the need for most of this? All that’s left is the number of songs you can play and the ability to listen to all of them with headphones anywhere … Won’t last. Another Cube.
Great stuff. Isn’t it weird that there’s stuff this old still floating around out there?