I wonder how they got that cash if it wasn't from profits? ;)
I won't argue that the iPod isn't a huge part of Apple's business right now, but to say that this is their first success belies history. Of course, this is a thread about why people talk about Google... so we've perhaps moved on too great a tangent. :)
Search wasn't profitable for years. Adwords was the breakout for Google. I won't be surprised if many of the products birthed by Google in the last 18 months incubate into major successes. I think part of the "wow" factor is that potential.