THE COMING OF THE IPOD -- Five years ago this week on Metafilter, there was a discussion of what Apple's forthcoming big 'breakthrough product' could possibly be. 'Perhaps a device for breaking through things. A drill or something,' joked one participant. 'A Reality Distortion Field generator that runs on AA batteries,' wrote another, perhaps a Windows fan (metafilter.com).
Others were a bit closer, like the person who guessed it would be 'an integrated off-the-shelf home audio (even video) solution that you can control with your home computer (i.e. your Mac) that would get more people hooked on the Apple brand. It's a concept that would work well with the new Apple stores that have been opening up.'
'What a coincidence that this should come amid allegations of 'chronic neglect',' wrote a commenter at Metafilter.com. Another critic was not impressed with the projects the BP program will help finance. 'Color me skeptical,' the Metafilter poster wrote. 'They list four active projects, none of which strike me as particularly massive in scale.'