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Is Apple The Next Sony?

Sony at one time had the global edge in personal electronic devices from their portable walkmans to Trinitron TV’s, large displays, cell phones, cameras, video games, entertainment, audio and video equipment as well as portable mp3 players and laptops to name a few. They grew to be mammoth in size and were once a stock market darling whose presence was noticeable in every form of media all around the world. Since their stock hit an all-time high of around $150 around the height of the dotcom stock market bubble in 2000, the famous Japanese company has seen it’s stock price plummet to currently trade around $22 which accounts for an over 85 percent drop. On the other hand, California based Apple with the recent popularity of it’s iPods, iPhones, iPads and Mac computers has dominated the tech sector in terms of devices or hardware along with it’s iTunes software downloading services. Having replaced Sony as the cool brand in the realm of marketing and trend setting crowd following consumers, Apple has seen it’s share price pull back quite substantially since hitting an all-time high of $700 and briefly becoming the worlds largest company by market cap. Is this story all too familiar? Apple stores have popped up every where just like Sony’s did during it’s bull run. Is Apple’s products no longer the most sophisticated in terms of technology wise (compared to competitors such as Samsung) and is their market hype way ahead of the actual quality of their products? Should they really be worth as much as their stock trades on the stock market? Like Sony, what will happen to investors when their growth levels off? Are they innovative enough to ward off the other players in the ever so competitive high tech gadgets sector? Has Apple basically become to big for it’s own good and are they the next Sony?

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1 Response to “Is Apple The Next Sony?”


  1. 1 SortingHat
    February 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    It’s a long story but Apple’s products are stolen and have always charged outrageous prices for crap but Apple gave their machines away to schools for free who could not otherwise afford a computer so that made Apple’s become popular among school teachers and Liberals/young people who didn’t and still don’t know how to do proper research except what their friends tell them.

    I have seen Apple’s close up and a lot of early Commodore games were direct ports from Apple’s but had better color on the 64 version. My favorite game Rainbow Walker where you walk across and try to fill in a flat rainbow floor avoiding traps and hazards which is very BORING looking on the Apple systems it was made for but on the C64 has every color imaginable and looks like how a rainbow should. I played it a lot on the C64 even in the 90s.

    In the 80s we had a Commodore 64 which I grew up as a kid as there was some fun education software and played some games on also. Dad even went online to Q-Link around 1990 and we visited a server in Paradise California (where we lived) which the server house had like 10 Commodore Amiga’s running at once. Dad used to do his accounting on a Commodore 64 which we still have the C64 Printer stored in it’s box!

    Apple took a long time to catch up to reality and had a real snotty fan base (in the 80s) in which Apple products were not compatible with anything else where the Commodore 64 kernel chip was open to anybody who knew how to program so you had everything from geeks in their garages to small companies forming making their own software line up but with Apple you could only do things THEIR way not yours.

    Commodore 64 unlike Apple could be plugged into just about any TV set and was very simple to set up plus had a lot more color and sound. Unlike IBM and Apple you could turn off the Commodore without damaging it since it’s ROM based instead of RAM.

    What’s the price of a Commodore 64 you might ask? It was 500$ new and by the time we got it in Northern California we only spent 300$ for it as it was a few years old but still going strong!

    What actually killed Commodore was a professor from Berkeley took the business over a stouch Liberal who hates business so he came up with the Commodore Plus 4 which was a failure from the start since it was not compatible with the 128 and the 128 was compatible with the 64 which helped the 128 system remain popular.
    There was hardly any software written for the Plus /4 system.

    Apple and IBM machines up till this time could not do a whole lot. The Apple only had 4 colors and 2 sounds. The colors were black, white, a shade of green and red. The sounds were a beep and a fart kind of noise.

    Continued.


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