Ditty vs. Shuffle

September 23, 2005 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

John Gruber’s comments about the new Dell DJ Ditty shows that for consumer electronics, style and design have a much higher value to the consumer. Dell is only a computer company whose purpose is to ship bland hardware with lousy software.

A visit to Dell’s site to start buying a Ditty shows why they aren’t too proud of their product. They nickel-and-dime you by offering only the base unit for $99. To actually make it work and sound like an iPod, you’ll have to buy upgraded headphones, software, and warranty, which makes it in the end cost more than the $99 base iPod shuffle. And you still don’t have the quality and maturity of iTunes (both software and the music store).

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