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How soon will a "digital hub" be a commodity, like a toaster?

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How soon will a "digital hub" be a commodity, where they're all basically the same and cheap, like a toaster?
 

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com·mod·i·ty
n. pl. com·mod·i·ties

Something useful that can be turned to commercial or other advantage: “Left-handed, power-hitting third basemen are a rare commodity in the big leagues” (Steve Guiremand).

An article of trade or commerce, especially an agricultural or mining product that can be processed and resold.
 

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I was thinking of it more like this:

commodity

A physical substance, such as food, grains, and metals, which is interchangeable with other product of the same type, and which investors buy or sell, usually through futures contracts. More generally, a product which trades on a commodity exchange; this would also include foreign currencies and financial instruments and indexes.
http://www.investorwords.com/c5.htm#commodity

If everything is based on a standard, it is almost interchangeable. See also:
http://www.business.mnsu.edu/brownw1/RelevantPress/ITFuture.pdf


"We are witnessing the commoditization of the entire industry. It is
not just telecom. It is telecom and all of information technologies.
Both industries are finally maturing across the board. While new
products are appearing, they cost less and do more." -- Gordon cook
http://frodo.hserus.net/pipermail/tech-discuss/2003-April/000011.html

[ July 02, 2003, 12:42 PM: Message edited by: elmer ]
 

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It already is, Apple just has not figured it out yet.
 

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Trevor, what do you mean by that? Toasters are cheap, usually effective and well I use one everyday. I don't use a digital camera everyday, a scanner everyday or any other part of the digital hub everyday yet. Or am I behind the times, I believe in about 10-15 years with prices dropping, the digital hub just may become the commodity as thought of here.
 

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Actually Chealion, according to Apple's marketing, isn't the Mac the digital hub? The scanner is just a device that connects to the hub. Still, if you don't use those devices, you don't use the hub I guess.
 
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