iPod only an American icon?

Riding the metro in Paris last week, it seemed like everyone had a portable mp3 player. But very few were iPods. Most seemed to be generic flash mp3 players, with an LCD screen.

This was particularly odd to me, since Apple has something like 70% of the market share of portable mp3 players in the USA. Is the lack of an LCD screen the achilles’ heel of the iPod shuffle? My friend Ed cited that as the only reason why he didn’t buy one. It was also the main reason why I got an iPod mini instead of the shuffle. Of course, now that I have one, I’m very content with the mini myself.

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