Apple’s iPod pricing strategy has never made sense, except to the marketplace: Apparently, there are lots of angry and confused folks regarding the weird pricing strategy of Apple when it comes to how one iPod version can cost $50 more than another yet the features on the one $50 more can be, in the minds of the angry folks, so much more.
This reminds me of the time when Apple introduced the iPod Mini and I blogged a similar confusion and implied how strange I thought it was to think anyone would purchase a Mini. The maketplace wasn’t confused, however, as customers continued to purchase the iPod & the iPod mini despite the exact type of disparity that is seen between the nano and the video iPod.
Today, I guess I’m wiser. I can comprehend the products are for two marketplaces. Like convertables and sedans are for different types of drivers.
Or, at least I know why I’m happy to keep my nano and don’t feel ripped off by Apple this time.
However, I would feel ripped off if I purchased a new iMac G5 and six months later they come out with features they are obviously holding back (ie, TV tuner).
I can predict one thing. In about 2-3 years, I’ll be purchasing a TV-media center flat screen something-or-other that will hang on my wall and be fairly large — and it will have the Apple brand on it. I won’t be disappointed in the previous model because I’ll wait until they have exactly what I want.