But will anybody care? Seriously. Haven’t people who want a portable digital music player settled on an iPod or one of its competitors from SanDisk or Microsoft?
With Apple owning more than 70 percent of the MP3 player market in North America, is the remaining 20-something percent incentive enough for Dell to want to re-enter the fray after failing with its first line of digital music players?
May the Dell DJs (2003-2006) rest in peace.
Apparently Dell thinks so. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reported today that computer maker Dell will re-enter the market with a new player as early as September. Dell thinks it has a chance this time because, aside from a sub-$100 price point and Wi-Fi access to content, it has a new and improved strategy!
This time Dells says its integration is tighter and seamless — it is working on software for a range of portable PCs that will let users download and organize music and movies from various online sources, according to the WSJ. Dell already has ties to music services from Pandora and Rhapsody, and it’s not inconceivable that the major recording labels or the upcoming MySpace Music service wouldn’t want to get involved with Dell to produce their own device.
But the whole new Dell MP3 player smacks of the same repackaging “innovation” found in the food industry: New and improved toothpaste tubes! Easier-to-pour milk jugs! Color-sealed sandwich bags!
A new Dell MP3 player that costs less, tastes great!