One of the other things I noticed at Macworld Expo was the lack of differentiation between sellers. They are pretty much all selling the same things now, just with slightly modified inner shell.
For instance, DLO, Griffin, and XtremeMac all announced home docks with remote controls at MacWorld ... each of them doing basically the same thing.
Belkin and Griffin definitely have an advantage with this distribution model because they have a wider distribution than DLO or XtremeMac.
These various product developers are taking trips to Asia ... finding these products and then designing an outer shell for them ... maybe tweaking the insides a tad.
It's disappointing because I have seen prototypes and know of many ideas and directions the iPod has yet to go ... even greater than audio and video. It's disappointing to see these great companies just result to copycatting one another.
One glowing example of copycatting gone wild in the iPod arena is the Automobile FM transmitter area:
Belkin Tunebase FM:
And lest anyone forget ... Jack Campbell tried to release The PodBuddy that looked like this:
He was bashed (even on this site) for trying to release The PodBuddy. DLO, even went as far to make DVForge (now out of business) cease any release of the PodBuddy due to patent infringement. Now, Griffin and Belkin have been added to that list.
I just wish there were a source with more influence than this site has that would tell these companies to Think Different