September 1, 2000
Parts shortages taking toll on tech sales
Author: JT Smith
From a Los Angeles Times story about a shortage of electronic components: "At the heart of this shortage are prized commodity parts used in multiple industries. In part because of the popularity of music-swapping services such as Napster, laptop computer buyers demand the ability to create their own CDs from downloaded music. But the disk drives needed to download music from the Internet onto a personal CD depend on tiny components that also are sought by the booming cell-phone industry."