Irrelevant format wars, and other stories – January 6, 2007
LG gives customers want they want. On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, LG announced a DVD player that will run both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. Hurrah – finally, a move that benefits consumers (and will likely stimulate sales too). Unfortunately, it might just have come too late for either camp. With movie downloads over the Internet becoming more popular, Carl Gressum of analyst house Ovum predicted (according to the FT) that “by the time the format war has been resolved, it may be irrelevant.”
French court rules against Sony; Apple is next. A French court ruled that Sony was misleading buyers of its MP3 players by not disclosing that they only play songs downloaded from its own music store, Connect. The case against Apple – which is also facing a class action suit in California – is pending this month. Much as I love my iPod/iTunes, it really is about time that the consumer electronics world stopped trying to lock consumers in.
No love for Gap. Gap is reported to be reviewing its brand strategies for Gap and Old Navy after disappointing December sales. Perhaps it should reconsider using the theme of world peace to sell clothes…or am I the only one to find “Peace Love Gap” offensive?