Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 01:44 PM
A great article about the Zune and the accessories landscape being built up around it. My hackles used to rise when I heard people referring to the iPod as a "platform", because without the ability to incorporate third part software, "platform" seemed like too strong of a word for it. I think "ecosystem" is a better term, but in looking at the stunning number of hardware accessories for the iPod, platform may indeed be the right term for it. Will the Zune have similar success in this space building up a platform? It's too early to be sure, but it's clear that no digital media player has ever had this many accessories going for it at launch. The array of companies offering products (Belkin, Klipsch, VAF, Speck Products, Vaja, Altec Lansing, to name a few) is something I haven't seen with any player from iRiver, Creative, Sony, or anyone else. When you combine all those companies making accessories, and factor in the massive retail presence that the Zune will have, you end up a strong ecosystem offering for the consumer. Will they invest? We'll see.