It is becoming increasingly difficult to walk around an urban city in India without spying some of your fellow citizens with an iPod, iPhone, MacBook or, extremely rarely, an iPad.
India is buying Apple products. India likes Apple, to a certain extent anyway.
But never mind that.
Did you know that Apple opened an iTunes store for Laos today.
No kidding, an iTunes store for Laos…
Click here, if you, like me, had no idea where Laos was.
Now I freely admit I don’t know ANYTHING about Laos.
But I am sure it’s people are as good and kind as people anywhere.
For all I know it is a heaven on Earth and all mortal humans should see Laos before they die.
But what I DO know is that it’s GDP, as of 2010, is $7.3 Billion US dollars at current prices.
Which is a good, solid amount and I guess that accounts for its amazing Apple products purchasing power.
After all, all India can show against THAT figure is…
(Just to clarify here – A THOUSAND BILLION MAKE A TRILLION)
You know, maybe I am just acting silly here.
After all, for all that I know maybe Laos is spending every cent of that 7 billion on iPods and so it is an inevitable choice.
How many consumers are there incidentally? Maybe they are just out buying us…
Really? Four hundred and eighty seven million people capable of working and earning for a living?
Even if we assume that only 1% of that number wants or has the means to buy from Apple, that leaves –
4.8 million people who either already are, or could be, Apple consumers.
So basically Apple hates India.
Now there just, possibly, maybe, might be a logical and sane reason for this wonderful oversight.
But at this point I don’t really care.
Apple certainly doesn’t seem to, so why should I?
UPDATE: The Duke Thin wishes to add here that he believes that Apple would not do well in India and that is why they aren’t coming here.
He points to two examples –
- FlipKart has recently rolled out a similar music service in India which no one is using.
- Moser Baer sells original movie DVDs for 50 bucks, and not a soul purchases it.
Hence Apple has good reasons to never come to this country a.k.a we never buy original shit. It’s all Burma bazaar stuff, 100 rupees only sir.
If you agree with his point of view…well I congratulate you for your calm head and ability to make realistic rationale.
Here, have a candy you freak.