Are there TOO many iPod Choices?
I’ve been thinking about since the Special Event last week, and I can’t seem to shake the feeling that there are just too many iPods out there to choose from.
When the line was just iPods, Nanos, and Shuffles it was easier. There was still a lot of choice, but those choices were very clear. If you wanted video on your iPod, you only had two choices…either the 30 gb or 80 gb iPod. The only real decision you had to make was based on the width of the iPod and the storage capacity.
If you just wanted music, you only had to decide if you wanted a display or not. if you did, you could pick between the two Nanos depending on price and storage. If you didn’t want a display, you bought a Shuffle.
Boom – Done.
Now, however, things are a bit different. Before the iPhone and last week’s announcement, you had a total of 5 choices maximum, and that was divided among 3 different models.
Now, however, you have 9 different choices over 5 different models of iPods (if you count the iPhone as an iPod – which Apple does), and several of them overlap in a variety of ways…and that doesn’t even count the different color options. For a company that won’t allow mutli-tiered pricing in their video store because the store needs to be “simple” that philosophy doesn’t seem to apply to product lines anymore…at least not the iPod product line.
Now you have to decide, do you want the touch features and wider screen, or do you want a ton of storage? Do you want a 3 inch screen, or is 2.5 enough? Do you want the phone features so you only have to carry around one device, or not?
If I had to choose between an iPod Classic with 80 gigs of storage or an iPod Touch with only 8 (at $50 more, no less), I’m not sure which way I would go…and God help those poor parents and grandparents who really don’t understand this stuff and “ruin” the holidays by accidentally buying the wrong one…
But maybe I’m wrong. What do you think? Are their too many iPods? I think their are…but having said that, I don’t think it’s going to hurt Apple…I think it might just be over kill.