Could Apple Blow Its iPod Lead?

Rivals are stalking its consumer-electronics star, and history shows its strategy still has old weaknesses. But catching Jobs & Co. won't be easy

Apple Computer's (AAPL ) trendy, minimalist stores are jam-packed this holiday season as iPods seem to be on everyone's wish list. But shoppers aren't the only ones buying. Wall Street analysts' price targets for Apple's stock are soaring as high as $77 to $100. As of Dec. 6, the stock was trading at around $64. This is the same Apple that opened the year at $21.28. And it's all because of one cool little music player.

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