Its been less than two weeks since Apple announced its ambitious range of iPods. That day, I felt like its the death of all other music player makers and they should immediately stop producing any unit.
But tables have turned now.

iPhone buyer became furious because Apple Chief Steve Jobs slashed the phone’s price to $400 from $600, making early adopters look like suckers.Jobs issued an apology and a $100 gift certificate to contain the damage. Wall Street smelled weakness in the price cut and pushed Apple shares down 10% to $130 within two days.

It looks like an anti-Apple backlash has begun. NBC Universal, chafing at Apple’s insistence that every TV show is worth $1.99 to download, is bolting the iTunes store after December, going with Amazon instead. Vivendi’s Universal Music Group also reportedly won’t renew its contract with Apple. 

AT&T, the wireless carrier for iPhone, was entirely shut out of selling its content services on Apple’s phone.
AppleTV has been a flop. The iPhone started strong but must be fading–why else cut the price?

There seems to be a number of people who think the new 6G iPod classic sounds noticeably worse than the 5.5G iPod that it replaced. Apple discussion forum has comments like, "The new iPod classic "sounds precise, crisp, but lacks 3D image and has an electronic haze to the sound… [which] becomes fatiguing after a while"

There are increasing reports out there about problems with the screens on the new iPod touch. Apparently many folks are complaining that the screen is very dark and lacking in details. Above you can see a comparison on Apple Touch comparing the iPhone to the iPod touch (right). Over at the Apple Discussion boards a third-party LCD engineer weighs in with a possible answer: bad quality control in manufacturing led to an error with the anti-reflective coating.
Apple has accepted it as a defect. Read more about it here.

So, here I am.. Listening radio on my Zune and flashing it proudly. I no longer regret my decision of buying it and do not wish for iPod Touch now. Will wait for iRiver’s new WiFi-touch screen player instead 🙂