re: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
I also remember when iPhone first came out. Two things struck me about it. First, when I looked at the iPhone, I thought to myself, that looks exactly like the LG Prada Phone and it probably costs as much too. That phone had been on the market for almost a year.
The other, and more startling thing that caught me was the news coverage. It was a big day for America and the American economy, but the "long awaited" iPhone introduction took up 5 out of 6 columns of the front page of my local newspaper, complete with giant headline and 3 column picture of Jobs holding up the new iPhone. Then, all the way to the right was a tiny article about the American economy falling apart and other less important things. That headline told me more about Apple's success than anything else.
I must say, though, Jobs was the most brilliant marketing person I have ever seen. I remember Napster and how it was the best thing that happened for music in many years, and I also remember how the music industry and the governemnt crushed it. Then, a few years later the iPod came along, complete with the "iTunes" store for buying your music. I thought to myself that the product was dead for two reasons. First, the format was not compatible with any other mp3 player, and worst of all, the corporate giant caved in to the government was was selling all the music. That was the very issue that enraged the entire web community only a few years before.
I recently heard that the iPod sold some 300Million units and iTunes has had 17Billion downloads (at at least a buck a pop). I realized that Jobs could sell anything to anyone. If that guy was selling Herpes, everyone would be the first to want to have it. That was his real genius and Ihave never seen anyone better at it.