How in the world could I make such an audacious assertion?
- the only revolutionary change is the color screen
- the screen is too small to be more effective than a digital camera preview screen
- collapsing flash memory prices mean that people aren't looking for an external repository for pictures
- 40GB is probably 20GB more than most people have in music and pictures combined
- the next logical step is video, and people will hold out for that
- it's priced $100 more than the most expensive current iPod
- it's answering a question no one is asking
afterthought: When you boil it down, the primary purpose of an iPod is a portable repository for files. One thing I still haven't figured out - what if you want to store your files only on your iPod? That's easy enough to do, because to the system, the iPod appears as an external hard drive. And, if you cheat, you can update your non-DRM protected music files on your own. However then, "syncing" it is moot, because you don't want your files in both places. By doing that, you forfeit the functionality of iTunes and iPhoto, right?