Apple Unveils iPod Hi-Fi, New Mini Mac1 Mar, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Apple Computer, manufacturer of the wildly successful iPod, March 1 launched a high-fidelity home speaker system for the portable music player.
The iPod Hi-Fi system, which includes a self-charging iPod dock, remote control and removable grille, retails for $349. Separately, the company bowed $90 leather cases for iPod 30GB and 60GB models and the iPod Nano.
With iPod reportedly controlling 78% of the digital music player market, a cottage industry of third-party speaker devices for the home and automobile has surfaced prompting Apple to enter the fray.
“They probably felt they could do a better job than the ancillary manufacturers,” said media analyst Dennis McApline.
In addition, Apple unveiled a downsized version of the Mac computer without keyboard and monitor that reportedly includes software allowing users to access audio and video content from other Macs or PCs connected to a home network.
In a related matter, Microsoft Corp. March 2 was set to introduce Origami, a portable device that is reportedly capable of downloading music and video files, playing video games in addition to other PDA-like functions.
A Microsoft spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.