iPod competitor from ex-Apple employees

Discussion in 'iPod' started by maxterpiece, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    nytimes link

    I know there seems to be a new iPod competitor popping up every week, but this one is a little more interesting. It has software that is supposedly pretty neat, built by ex-apple employees, and was designed by an ex-apple employee who was involved in the Newton project.

    It gets 35 (!!!) hours of battery life, looks pretty nice, and has a 1.8" color screen. It is pretty small (nano sized).

    It is compatible with microsoft playsforsure - no integrated store like ITMS, but i'd say it's the best thing I've seen from an iPod competitor.

    It is manufactured by Samsung.

  2. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2004
    Charleston, IL
    Looks nice to me... but it's not an iPod. Apple has the MP3 Player market locked

    [EDIT] ... sorry, didn't know it was that annoying to you all
  3. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Do we really need to quote the whole huge graphic post for a one line response? It's becoming a larger pet peeve of mine every day.

    Back OT, I suppose it is nice, but the biggest drawback to any non-Apple MP3 player is a lack of ITMS support. Yes, I know you could buy the songs, burn them and then re-import them, but you would lose quality and take three steps instead of one.
  4. maxterpiece thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    very true and i believe this is the reason apple will maintain a lock on the mp3 player market. taht being said, i think this is the first iPod competitor that, ignoring the lack of ITMS connection, i might consider buying.

    One thing I think people on here always say about the iPod is how solid and well made it looks. Just looking at the image, I think this samsung shares that quality.
  5. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
  6. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    It does look like one...I saw the OS and it does look like a lot like the iPod interface.
  7. KREX725 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2003
    Personally I feel like the more competitors there are out there to muddy the non-iPod waters, the better for Apple it is. Plus, knowing there's always someone biting at their heels, Apple will keep up on making the iPod better and better.
  8. jamdr macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Are there any images or videos showing off the software?

    It looks pretty good but still not as good as an iPod. The biggest obstacle for competitors to the iPod now is that the iPod brand is just so ubiquitous. People don't even say "I want an MP3 player" anymore, they say "I want an iPod". It's going to be hard to break into that
  9. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    It looks very nice, just like everything else samsung makes. I don't think I will get one, but it may gain some decent popularity.
  10. exeterbohemian macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    while i'm sure this product is quite 'nice', i don't know, i can't help but feel dirty looking at it. it somehow just lacks that uniqueness of aesthetic that has made the ipod so notorious. as far as i'm concerned, the portable music player market is basically comprised of ipods and then everything else. and so far, on the 'everything else' side, i have yet to come across something that seems even a remotely apt rival for the ipod. but maybe that's just me. :rolleyes:
  11. ibilly macrumors regular

    May 2, 2003
    If I were in the market for a non-like mp3, I'd have to hold one/check it out 1st person, but this would certianly be "in the running", for me... I dislike the vast expanses of wasted faceplate space that seems to be vogue w/ ipods. I like my wheels (squares?) bigger. I don't care about the screen being 3:2 (or whatever it is) if I can get a bigger screen. I dont mind rotating it (assuming the software's smart enough to accomodate for that).

    I say GL Samsung, looking good.
  12. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    lol, I wonder what all your comments would be if this had been posted "new iPod killer from Samsung!"
  13. craig0ry macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2006
    The thing about Apple design is that there are no visible screws, like that bad boy. It's that Apple design that sold me... So minimalistic and clean
  14. InfiniteLoop1 macrumors member


    Sep 25, 2005
    its simply a square version of the iPod
    but really the iPod has become much more than a cool MP3 player, its a fashion statement. The whole white ear-bud thing works, you can pick out the iPod users from the non-iPod users. Alot of sad people out there are buying iPod's cos they're fashionable, and as another poster mentioned its going to be very hard to break that!
    it makes me laugh when i see a cheap MP3 player with nasty low-quality headphones that are white, just to look like its an iPod
  15. Must.Get.nano! macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2005
    SQUARE indeend:)
  16. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    why do people keep trying to reinvent the wheel?
  17. maxterpiece thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    david pogue update

    pogue reviewed a Z5 for the NYT recently link.

    The article is titled "almost an ipod, but in the end a samsung".

    some good excerpts for you lazy folks:
  18. carve macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006

    why would anybody buy this it's a total fake...he works for samsung and he's trying to drum up some buisiness for them!:) :p
  19. mannix87 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2005
    in the southeast
    what's up w/ that guy in the photo? dweeb-like! :D
  20. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    Way to be open minded :rolleyes:

    I think it's OK, but my one problem with all other MP3 players is the lack of a click wheel. The wheel just makes browsing so unbelievably easy, and I'm assuming nobody else has done that because apple has patented it. But if other companies could, maybe I would have to shop around a bit before deciding to get another ipod.
  21. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2004
    Charleston, IL
    I try :D

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