World’s most valuable company is no longer Apple

01 February, 2016
Alphabet, the parent company that owns Google, has surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the world.

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  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-356282, 16 Feb 2016Sure, that was the only way to create MP3's unless we used thing... moreI think Napster and P2P (I remember how impressed I was by the idea of downloading mp3's straight to my Sony Pentium II PC instead of burning them in the disc drive) had a bigger impact in the history of digital music than Apple ever did, I'll credit them for making a viable online purchasing system that got the labels on board but if they didn't do it some other company would've first.

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 16 Feb 2016That is true, back then I was still buying and ripping full leng... moreSure, that was the only way to create MP3's unless we used things like Napster. Apple revolutionised the MP3 space by creating an eco-system around music with 5 major labels in 2003, and that's no small feat. I don't get why people can't give them the credit they deserve...

  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-356282, 16 Feb 2016Well then you should know that iTunes was the first online music... moreThat is true, back then I was still buying and ripping full length physical albums lol

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 11 Feb 2016Lmao dude I was born in the mid 80's, I grew up using everything... moreWell then you should know that iTunes was the first online music store that allowed customers to legally buy and download music.

  • AnonD-463876

Bren, 09 Feb 2016A standard ferrari outperforms a standard bmw, no questions aske... moreThank you, finally someone gets it.

  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-356282, 04 Feb 2016I guess you're not old enough to remember the very first iPod wh... moreLmao dude I was born in the mid 80's, I grew up using everything from old vinyls to cassettes to MD's to CD's and so on. Don't hate man, Apple didn't do anything that special or revolutionary, mp3 players were around before the iPod ever was.

  • Bren

AnonD-356282, 04 Feb 2016What you don't seem to realise is you're not just buying a simpl... moreA standard ferrari outperforms a standard bmw, no questions asked. An iPhone actually underperforms hence the reaction.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-356282, 04 Feb 2016What you don't seem to realise is you're not just buying a simpl... moreToyota is the best

  • Dr. Danger

Anonymous, 02 Feb 2016Intel vs amd Nvidia vs ati Goku vs superman Soccer vs basketb... moreWell all these companies are different from software and mobile devices manufacturers.
For the teams well they are fans oriented and give a different type of opportunities to mourn or cheer to their fans.

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 04 Feb 2016I'm all for companies making profits, that's how they stay in bu... moreWhat you don't seem to realise is you're not just buying a simple phone. There are a number of services attached to all Apple products - including the stores & genius bars, phone support, on top of all the costs of developing their own OS, etc.

When you buy a Ferrari, you get beefy specs perhaps, but in the end the raw materials are no different to what BMW use, and the ferrari costs 3-10x the price. It's no different.

But you bet that you get more customised and personal service on top of other privileges when you buy a Ferrari that you won't get with a Toyota.

You don't see it because you don't fall into the target segment, but others do.

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 04 Feb 2016What through iTunes lol nobody buys music tracks or albums anymo... moreI guess you're not old enough to remember the very first iPod which revolutionised personal music since the introduction of CD's. And you probably don't even know what a CD is.

  • Anonymous

Give out free software, wifi, and internet to sell users' data = more profit.

  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-127643, 03 Feb 2016Define versatile computing, browsing facebook and whatsup couple... moreDude what are you talking I'm anti-tablet lol no way do I find them more productive or versatile than a fully functional desktop OS.

  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-356282, 03 Feb 2016You also wouldn't enjoy music the way you are now. Apple has sha... moreWhat through iTunes lol nobody buys music tracks or albums anymore, it's all about streaming content now and last I checked "Apple Music" isn't doing so well against the competition. I personally never liked their bloated software, and I never bought any music from them so I'm not trapped in their closed ecosystem.

  • AnonD-463876

AnonD-356282, 03 Feb 2016You realise that everytime you order food or a beverage in a res... moreI'm all for companies making profits, that's how they stay in business I get that, but the astronomical amount Apple charges their customers is just astounding to me, no amount of brand value is going to change that. iPhone's are just smartphones, there's nothing outstandingly different about them compared to a cheaper variant. Whereas you know exactly what you're getting when you buy a Ferrari over a Toyota.

  • AnonD-127643

AnonD-463876, 03 Feb 2016He must be one of those people who must've thought tablets would... moreDefine versatile computing, browsing facebook and whatsup coupled with a few games? Lol lets get off the sales train for a second and look at it from a different angel. As long as there is engineering, design, research and development, there will be windows etc.
Don't tell me an android tablet is more productive than a windows tablet.
Sales mean nothing, by that token, wacom, boxx etc should be out of business by now.

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 03 Feb 2016Well said! You also wouldn't enjoy music the way you are now. Apple has shaped the music industry like no other.

  • AnonD-356282

AnonD-463876, 03 Feb 2016Compare Apple's markup prices to its competitors, then see what ... moreYou realise that everytime you order food or a beverage in a restaurant, the mark-up will exceed that of any technology by a long shot? This is the nature of doing "business".

Companies like Apple wouldn't be around still if people didn't value them.

Likewise, margins on Android phones are so low these days, that manufacturers do not make any money off them any longer. Xiaomi sells a LOT of phones, but its profits are not from their device sales - rather from the eco-system they've built around media content and accessories.

As a premium brand however, people expect to buy products at higher margins. Don't honestly think that a high-end handbag is worth its raw materials only.

  • AnonD-356282

Anonymous, 02 Feb 2016Everybody's a niche to Apple's choice. In fact nobody actually l... moreI can't find any resources on double-blind test on iPhone, the only ones I did find were rather positive on audio and image quality.

As for your quote on Steve Jobs, you didn't paraphrase it well. At all.

With innovation, people really don't know what they want until you show it to them, since innovation in itself implies that the product or service didn't exist in such a way before. That doesn't work for most other things in life however, and jobs had always been very good with his own intuition and a team of world class designers. That doesn't mean he did NIL customer research. iPhone obviously took many years to conceptualise and produce.

  • AnonD-463876

mir, 02 Feb 2016That is what most big companies do though. Charging more for som... moreCompare Apple's markup prices to its competitors, then see what you get in return for your money from both sides.