Sunday, January 01, 2006

iPod accessories too expensive?

Having an iPod may be a great experience. And given the quality of the different iPod players, it may even be a good investment, since many other devices will be compatible with it in the future.

On the flip side, the inquirer comments on the fact that buying accessories the iPod may be even more expensive than the iPod itself. This may be unfortunate, since the total price tag will make almost the price of a (low end) desktop PC. According to the article:

Let's stop and do the maths. One Nano ($199) + USB charger ($29) + Nano armband ($29) + Transpod ($99) = $356. That's about half way to the price of a laptop or a mid-range desktop box! And it's all tiny little plastic bits and pieces clipping away at the wallet in bits and pieces under $100 after you get the initial iPod, be it the Nano all the way up through the 60GB Video iPod. Put another way, I'm going to spend nearly as much money on extras as was spent for the initial device.

It seems that the companies making accessories for the iPod are using the success of Apple to drive the prices for accessories up. I don't think, however, that this will last long, as increasing competition will ultimately drive prices down.

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