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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Samsung to Challenge Apple in Online Music Field

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The vibes coming out of the Korean electronics giant Samsung, indicate that they could be very close to launching an iTunes type music store, to gain strong hold in the portable music market.

Take another look at Samsung and its market penetration. They have significant product offerings in all portable music device markets including MP3 players (branded YEPP), flash memory technology which powers the iPod Nano and not to forget cellphones that are going to be the converged mobile music device of the future. And the numbers speak for themselves; Samsung sold about 1.7 million MP3 players last year, which significantly trails the iPod offerings and the likes of Creative Zen. Also, Samsung has historically endorsed flash based technology which has its own technical limitations of peak storage. In order to gain more traction in the market place, they have recently jumped into the HDD based portable media player market, where iPod has been able to offer utpo 60GB of music storage. If portable music is on the radar for Samsung’s strategy, a music store targeted to Samsung’s devices can be a good way to offer a comprehensive portable music experience.

Earlier this year, Samsung also announced that it plans to catch up with Apple and become one of the top three leading MP3 manufacturers in 2007, by securing a market share of 25-30 percent. The key would be distinguishing their offerings from iTunes. Typically the approach that Apple and others have taken is to offer a larger choice of music, provide tight integration with their own iPod player offerings and customize music offerings for local markets. Samsung would only be able to afford to pursue this strategy after achieving some ground hold in this space.

By: PhoneMag


  • At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow.. simply.. "stupid"

    Samsung doesn't have the design, or music-industry power to effectively compete.

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger Tuolumne said…

    That's your opinion.

  • At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lets see if you like this way better (since you keep removing my posts)

    1. get a life
    2. get your meds adjusted

  • At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tou dosent know me, im just a lurker, but who do you think you are posing negative things about him on his blog. I think if you care that much about what someone else's blog says then you need to.

    1. get a life
    2. get your meds adjusted

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger sepht said…

    nah, I don't think posting negative comments is a bad thing, Just as long as he signs them. anonymous comments are okay for positive or moderate things, but if it's negative, don't be a pussy, stand up and admit it. Only idiots and dumbasses flame and say negative crap without signing it.

  • At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't understand why several ppl have all this hate towards Tou. I really appreciate the information he brings. If it's accurate, cool. If it's not at least we know some bits and pieces of things that are to come, and I'm totally talking about when he posts new info on phones. Seems to me that there is always someone trying to be negative whenever he posts something either on HoFo or on SU. Just my $.02


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