AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has an unadvertised PRICE MATCHING POLICY effort underway, for this holiday season, to help ensure that Apple's products won't be undersold. All of Apple's retail staff have been quietly notified that they now have "the authority to match the prices of other authorized retailers."
This is not only a good move on Apple's part, but frankly, in these tight economic times a very necessary one. I hate to see Apple lose a sale to a customer just because another retailer has a lower price point which ends up in a customer going down the street to buy a PC. As far as I'm concerned, its not only bad because Apple could potentially lose a sale, but its even worse if a customer ends up buying an inferior PC simply for the lack of a little wiggle room on Apple's part. Oh, the frustration of it all!
My second favorite Apple related post of the past week comes from the fine folks over at Edible Apple.com for their article: "Why the iPhone doesn't need to compete with the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP."
They go on to point out that, as nice as they are, many simply don't believe that either the iPhone or the iPod Touch, will ever be good enough to be able to replace either the DS or PSP. As Edible Apple.com points out, such thinking is faulty, because, as they put it:
"But this misses the point entirely. What makes the iPhone as a gaming platform so exciting isn’t that it’s going to compete with Sony and Nintendo for the hardcore gamers, but rather that it appears to be opening up an entirely new market of gaming by appealing to the casual gamer. "
I agree. There are tons and tons of folks out there, myself included, that will never be hard-game enthusiasts. No, you can give those types their PSP's and DS's if they want them. For the rest of, and I think that is the majority, we will gladly take the iPhone, because, like myself, most people only play games casually as a way of killing some time, for example, while commuting to work on a bus or train, or while waiting in doctor's offices, hospitals, airports, or what have you? For us types, the casual gamer, both the iPhone and Touch are the perfect solution and thus don't need to compete directly with the PSP or DS - they are their own unique gaming platform, fulfilling a unique need!
Trust me on this one, as far as gaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch are concerned, we have barely seen the surface scratched. A lot more is coming, and as great as gaming currently is on Apple's devices, we truly haven't seen anything yet - because the best is yet to come!
iTwire's wacky story, "Going green with an onion powered iPod and a paper iPhone dock?", is my third favorite Apple related post for the past week, simply because I remember seeing an electric alarm clock once that was powered by the current generated by a big, fat and juicy potato that I thought was just so cool! However, never in my wildest imagination would I ever would have thought that I would read about onion powered iPod's or a paper iPhone dock!
Sadly, as iTwire points out, this story is just a hoax, but it's a good one. After all, with the rising concern for products to go "Green" and with energy prices being what they are, who couldn't resist the idea of an onion power iPod? If, for no other reason than being entertaining, this very short post is a good read. I'm sure, someone, somewhere, someday, will somehow figured out a wacky and nutty way to get more juice out of an iPod or iPhone from an unconvential source, but until then, well, we at least can all have some fun reading article's like iTwire's to amuse us in the meantime.
My fourth favorite top 5 Apple related post 4 from the past week is from Fortune for their post titled: "The Beatles and iTunes: A question of money?" Well, it's always about the money for goodness sake, everybody knows that! Actually, many different posts have commented on this story. It seems, according to this article, that the Beatles, unfortunately, won't be coming to iTune's this year after all.
Even though Paul McCartney said that he really wants to see the Beatles on iTunes and soon, there is just this one little sticking point - EMI, the Beatles music distributor. But, of course, what he is really saying, at least according to Fortune, is what Sir Paul really wants is just more money! But then again, don't we all? Just as we would all like to have more money, the sad fact of the matter is that the present world-wide economic crisis makes that all so the much more harder to achieve and justify, whether your just an ordinary bloke and citizen, like most of us are, or you just happen to be Sir Paul McCartney!
All-in-all, the Beatles, in the minds of many, are simply the greatest band of all time, and that having them on the world's greatest distributor of online music, iTunes, would be greatest thing ever. However, just whether we actually end up seeing it happen anytime soon, I honestly can't say? But one thing that I will say is that I believe it will eventually happen and most likely by this February or coming March. This is pure speculation on my part, but still, if the remaining Beatles - all two of them, wish to see any more money, then they are going to have to reach an agreement soon. After all, they are not exactly spring-chickens any more and something tells me that they realize that, so expect to see the Beatles on iTunes come early in the new year.
My fifth and final favorite Apple posting 4 the past week was for a post titled: "Apple Macs and Notebooks Remain Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas in 2008," from eWeek.com, who state:
"With the 2008 holiday shopping season here, consumers looking for that special gift are likely checking out the new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro that hit the market earlier this year. The two new Apple MacBooks remain high on the list of must-haves this holiday season. For those interested in PCs, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway and Toshiba all have new notebooks ready for the 2008 holiday season as well. While laptops remain popular, there are still bargains out there for a solid home desktop PC."
With so much depressing economic news out there, I guess what I really like about this article is simply that its just so refreshing to read of some good news for a change - anything positive other than all of the gloom and doom that we have been getting lately.
I only hope that this type of upbeat news is something that we will be reading a lot more in the future. Not only about Apple, of course, but about the entire economy in general.
And there they are, though not an exhausted list, or even a perfect list, these are my 5 top Apple related posts from the past week that I though were interesting and thought provoking, and, hopefully, ones that you will enjoy as well?. So, for crying out turkey neck sandwich's, do yourself a favor and check out these posts for yourself.
And thats my 2 cents 4 this Friday, November 28, 2008
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