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MacBytes
Nov 23, 2004, 12:13 AM
Category: Reviews
Link: Pod Passions (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20041123011333)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

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Sharewaredemon
Nov 23, 2004, 07:34 AM
Didn't read it all but this person lost a bit of respect when they mentioned the net hd's 30 hour battery life.

MarcelV
Nov 23, 2004, 09:36 AM
'True, it missed the boat in the first place with the basic idea of the iPod'

I may misinterpreted this line, but Apple didn't invent the portable hard drive music player concept, Creative did, so how did they missed the boat? Apple just made it so much better by the aesthetics and simplicity in use.

jettredmont
Nov 23, 2004, 01:10 PM
I may misinterpreted this line, but Apple didn't invent the portable hard drive music player concept, Creative did, so how did they missed the boat? Apple just made it so much better by the aesthetics and simplicity in use.

Not to defend the article, but saying the hard drive was the "basic idea of the iPod" is a bit of a stretch. Yes, the mini HD (when Creative was using drives twice the size encased in enough plastic to be larger than most portable CD players out there) was important to the iPod's success, but it was hardly the "basic idea".

The basic idea there, IMHO, is simplicity. It's trademark Apple. Make something so simple the average person can conceptualize how it works, and the average person can anticipate how it will work in some new situation. Make it so simple that it's hard to make it not work. That's the basic idea of the iPod, and Creative still doesn't get it. Nor, of course, do the other pretenders.

Back to the article though ... it was all puff, no substance. But such is the usual.