In the continued absence of a muse landing on my shoulder to help me complete a few posts I have been working on we are forced to return to some old staples to fill in the time.

I was the second person in the UK to buy one of the original iPods. At least I believe this to be the case as they were first sold at an Apple event at the Business Design Center in Islington and I was second in line where they being sold. The guy ahead of me bought one and I bought two - so maybe a better statistic is that at one point I owned 2/3 of all iPods sold in the UK. Look .. it makes me happy, OK?

Now, with the iPod touch I can’t get hold of one - stock comes basically unannounced into the Apple Store and flies out without touching the sides. Queues out of the store apparently. Are we seeing another phenomenon here or is stock just limited? There are some killer features here - does everyone get it or is it just the latest shiny, shiny thing? Killer of killers is The Cloud charging just £3.99 a month for access to their Wi-Fi network(s). Now this is nothing like country-aide Wi-Fi - it seems, though, that they have wide coverage in The City (where I work) - so this is just a beginning. But now I can keep connected when on the move using (what appears to be) a fully-functional browser.

More interesting, maybe, is the access to The Cloud (essentially) for free with the iPhone. No doubt this is looked on by O2 as compensation for the user for having no access (yet) to 3G but why would O2 knowingly let a competing access channel onto a device locked into their network? Hell - maybe Steve just told them they had to and when they got off their knees they were straight onto the Cloud to strike a deal. But it strikes me a slightly odd.

Is this the start of a crumbling of the mobile networks and a move toward WiFi? It sure ain’t going to happen anytime soon but imagine what happens the first time someone manages to put Skype onto the iPhone . (Yeah, I know, some geek at Skype will already have done it - pound to a penny). Why would anyone use 3G services (when they come) from O2 when there is free wireless? I know, again, because WiFi won’t be country-wide.

This starts to smell a little like a disruptive technology.

A new technology comes along to compete with an old technology - it is better in some ways but worse in many others. New technology carves out a small but profitable piece of the market where its better points are important and its faults can be ignored or mitigated. Old technology does not care. New technology overcomes its faults. Old technology dies. New technology takes over.

I wonder if this is what His Steveness is thinking?

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