Microsoft prepares 'iPod killer' for Europe

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. ALoLA macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2003
    Greater Los Angeles Area
    Is there anything Microsuck won't steal from Apple? :confused: At $700-$800? And people thought the iPod was expensive!
  3. noxes macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2003
    Great White North
    That thing sounds like packing a brick around. And USB for transfer, imagine transfering a movie over. Jees, iPod killer my @$$
  4. masterthespian macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2003
    edmonton, ab Canada
    I'm so excited to watch my favourite widescreen action movies on a screen may be 3 x 4 inches in size...ridiculous. At twice the price of an ipod. That's a killer. I can't wait for Christmas 2004 to see this thing flop.

    I love this quote the best "They could then download from a news-oriented Web site a roundup of the day's news to watch on the train. " If this is the best scenario that Microcrap can give us then Apple has nothing to worry about. Bernard has got an incredible imagination. This guy is a joke.

    "By definition, they just don't have widespread appeal," said Mark Mulligan Gotta love this quote though. Insert sword and twist.

  5. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    they did their best to not say the "2 words", which is: digital hub.
  6. JohnGillilan macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I'll be interested to see how these supposed 4th generation iPods size up to this Microsoft device . . .
  7. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.
    Careful people, it may be a success, remember that old expression "He who laughs last, laughs loudest".

    However, I'm going to be laughing at this for so long that I'm going to be institutionalised on medication and not care.

    Why is it set at the price of a small and more highly resourced laptop?

  8. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    iTMS is supposed to be available in Europe from some time after June, which means that iPods and iPod owners will be in their element purchasing songs and taking them where ever they go.

    Jonathan Ive designed the iPod to represent an addiction, something you need, something you couldnt be without during your day, something that would be with you at all times but also he designed it to be discreet, a device you could carry in your shirt or hip pocket or clip to your armband, something that you can listen to but do not have to watch so it does not distract your visual attention from what ever else you are doing ( like trying to walk down a crowded street or cross a buisy road) In short he designed the musical version of a packet of cigarettes except that the iPod is slimmer than a packet of cigarettes.

    It is adicitive but it does not necessarily damage your health such as a smoking a pack of cigarettes might.

    Bill Gates has come up with an invention that is 3 times the weight of an iPod and longer than an iPod (so it wont fit in your shirt pocket- it might fit in your cargo pants pocket though). Very tricky to watch while walking down a crowded foot path.

    Which would u rather have in your pocket, a brick or a pack of cigarettes(iPod)?
  9. filipp macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2003
    This whole concept sounds just wrong. If they want people to use this gadget on the road, they better cut the size and weight by 3!

    An iPod-like player with a small color screen for sorting photos taken on your camera, and maybe previewing a movie before you plug it in your TV for watching sounds better to me.

    / f
  10. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    I can see MS tatics now...

    "Sell our media player and you'll get a discount on your Windows license.. sell the iPod and see your windows license disappear...".

    iPod for many is also a fasion item. The MS brick is anything but...
  11. Photorun macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2003
    Again, more proof Apple innovates, everyone just cheaply copies. "iPod Killer" my arse, I know imitation is a form of flattery but it's one form I've gotten tired of over the last 20 years of watching one company basically do the best stuff on the planet, everyone else to sh**ty copies and actually make money and get praise from a**holes like they are doing something good.
  12. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2003
    Scranton, PA
    A MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Sabenth macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    agreed !!!!

    brick term sounds funny ..

    Adictive thing is even better
  14. 1macker1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2003
    A Higher Level
    Apple didnt invent the mp3 player.
  15. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Of course not. They did, however, make an MP3 player cool. Others soon followed in apples footsteps.
  16. RHutch macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2003
    Amsterdam, OH
    Nobody said that Apple invented the mp3 player. But they have done things with it that no one else did. I think that's what innovating means. I think you are confusing "innovate" and "invent".
  17. drizahy4 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2002
    I think it just sounds list a big brick by the size of it.
    at least the new .8mm 4gb hard drives are coming out. Wonder what apple will cram the into.
  18. pgwalsh macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2002
    New Zealand
    Three times as thick and twice as long is certainly not an iPod killer. ZDNet just gave it that title to get people to read it. It's 6 times the size of the iPod and people want smaller, not bigger. It certainly wont be the MP3 replacement. Video may be adopted at some point, but the only real use is to have it in cars (for kids) and on airplanes.

    Don't let the title of the article fool you, it was only to get you to read it.
  19. dracoleb macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2003
    The only thing that I'm concerned about is what people will see in compatibility. I remember when I was showing my brother my iPod he was like "wow, that's really cool. Does Microsoft make one?" I spent the next half hour trying to explain that even though Apple makes the iPod it will work on his PC. I hope people don't see a Microsoft player and say "oh, that must be for me, and that iPod must be for those Apple people"
  20. pgwalsh macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2002
    New Zealand
    I hear ya... I've had to explain it to a few people too. They didn't know iTunes will run on W2K or XP either. They flipped out when I showed them how to purchase music online... Instant addiction... Funny thing is, I've never purchased music from iTMS for myself...
  21. the_mole1314 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    Imortant note is that M$ is not making the player, just the software to play it. All the specs are from other people's products.

    As I've said before, there is a small market for a device that is not passive. The Walkman was passive. The iPod is passive. This is not passive. Unlike a video game or a cell phone, all your attention must be given for long periods of time to this one device. For the same amount of money, you can get a G3 iBook that can play DVDs in a bigger resolution and longer battery life. Calling this an iPod Killer is like saying the plane will end the use of cars, they arn't even in the same league.
  22. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    I have encounterd that at school myself explaing to people that my iPod works on PC as well as Mac. They are mostly surprised to learn that it has a 20GB HD. A lot of people are just set in their ways of using a PC with tunnel vision. Also with Apple being different some people find it "harder" because it is not Microsoft and they are not used to Apple.

    The biggest issue in NZ for iPods is the cost (compared to US) the 20GB version here retails at approx $799 NZ which makes it more expensive (taking the NZ - US conversion into account) than if I bought it in the US. The 40GB version costs approx $1,000 NZ which would be about 680.00 US going on the current exchange rate.
  23. montex macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Let me see if I get this... M$ thinks the people who are unwilling to spend more than $500 on their PCs are going to buy a 'media player' at $700 to $800? Riiiiight.
  24. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    who are they kidding?

    I agree! What have the NOT copied off of apple? shortcuts, GUI, start menu (apple menu) My Computer/ Explorer (finder), now the iPod, Video Editing, wmp is a copy off of Quicktime it seems like...... but QT is soooo much better! I wish apple had one that lawsuit for the GUI!
  25. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Lets not forget the HP PCs with the iTunes icon mounted on the desktop being being shipped world wide from April(in PC supplier stores from the end of this month) and playing songs on their HP branded iPod.

    MS will also be competeing against HP customers buying one of these PCs when selling its MS Portable Media Player

    Note I have seen a colour Pic of the HP iPod in print and it looks a lot better then the screen shot of Carly showing her one at the Las Vegas Expo 107,000 outlets worldwide (including Europe) all selling HP branded PCs to PC purchasing customers

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