Do you know the details of the contract? Didn't think so.
What kind of company would make a contract that does not allow for wiggle room? Saying "We will have 4000 LCDs for you by December" is terribly restricting for them and if they were to make contracts like that for any little company that they come across (and this is a small business), then they would be completely unprepared for any issues they would run across in the manufacture of those LCDs.
More than likely, the best kind of deal the devs could strike with the LCD company is "We will have X units ready before December, with the intention to deliver 4000 units by Y date. Or something similar that allows them to keep their more profitable contracts alive and well should there be any shortages.
This isn't the first time manufacturers screwed with the development of the P. Remember the whole analog nub debacle? Chances are, if there was a contract somewhere in there, it included an exit route of some sort. That way, if they suddenly find it not profitable to sell those specific nubs, they could sever all ties and discontinue them.
So what you are saying is that you doubt their business savvy? Given their past issues with the nub, I have faith that they made sure nothing like that would happen again.
Remember, the LCD *is standard* the nubs were not, your argument is pretty useless.
Any business person could ensure the basic number of units of a generally manufactured unit like the LCD. You compare apples to oranges. The LCD is NOT custom (like the nub), and they make a large number of them (archos). The company producing the LCD is no small company, they dictate terms, those terms go into a contract, the Pandora team agrees to them... anything else is a breach.
Critical thinking goes both ways. Think a bit before knee jerking.
Oh and BTW... NO serious or successful companies (or large ones) have contracts with wiggle room (the LCD manufacturer is a big company, not a small one), because both sides are afraid the wiggle will hurt them. You might need some education on business management.
Edited by BackAssward, 01 November 2008 - 10:50 AM.