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The first clone of Apple’s second-generation iPod shuffle has made its way to market. The “Shuffle2-Style MP3 Player,” being sold by DealExtreme.com, appears to be nearly identical to Apple’s latest shuffle, sporting a colored aluminum enclosure, similar controls and dimensions, and built-in clip. A product description is not provided, but the knock-off player is available in two colors—red and black—for $18.89. An Apple-like “Shuffle II USB Data/Power Cradle” is being sold for $5.04. DealExtreme is also selling a second-generation iPod nano look-alike for only $26.50. Again, a product description is not given, but the “Nano2-Style MP4 Player 1G” appears to have an aluminum shell, color screen, and a click wheel-like control pad. A brand name for either player is not provided.

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1

I guess you got my email about this this morning (?)

Posted by Warren Piece on March 12, 2007 at 11:51 AM (PDT)

2

awesome I’m gonna get one. Now someone please tell me why apple products are some damn expensive. Especially the nano…can’t go wrong with $18/$26 smile

Posted by tom on March 12, 2007 at 12:02 PM (PDT)

3

I’m guessing for that kind of money you’re only get 128MB of memory (256MB TOPS) in the shuffle clone.  On the nano clone, I’m guessing 256MB, maybe 512MB.

That’s not very many songs, and you can get better brand players of that size for about the same money.

Posted by Nusm on March 12, 2007 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

4

It’s probably waaaayyy bigger than the real shuffle.

Posted by Chris on March 12, 2007 at 12:26 PM (PDT)

5

One photo on the website shows that it’s 1 GB, which is not surprising because flash memory is really cheap now.

Apple 2G shuffle:
1.07 x 1.62 x 0.41 in
Weight: 0.55 ounce

Knock-off:
1.14 x 1.69 x 0.51 in
Weight: 3.72493037664 oz (?!!)

So only a tad bigger but note the HUGE weight difference! Not sure if that’s a mistake but if it isn’t, the clone is REALLY heavy.

Posted by praetorian on March 12, 2007 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

6

It does say it’s a 1gb shuffle, but i still wouldn’t buy one. no dock, crappy earbuds, and I’m sure the battery will last about 30 seconds and need to be recharged. Maybe a good toy for my 6 year old, but i wouldn’t trust is as far as i could throw it.  Remember what your daddy told ya…“You get what you pay for!!”

Still want to know why ipods are so expensive???  Quality!! That, and Steve Jobs is still looking for that 4th summer home in Hawaii.

Posted by John_KC on March 12, 2007 at 12:53 PM (PDT)

7

Dimensions and weight expressed to ten decimal places? A comparative weight like a proverbial black hole? WTF?

Isn’t anyone just the smallest bit skeptical?

Posted by chashulme in Southern California on March 12, 2007 at 1:44 PM (PDT)

8

I agree w/John_KC about getting what you pay for.  Also, are these little things going to be mac compatible?  The price point and 2g capacity are tempting, but for those of you shopping, I advise sticking with a Mac product.

Posted by andrew Chasnoff on March 12, 2007 at 1:46 PM (PDT)

9

I’m wondering if apple know about this and if there legal department is furiously scrambling to file an injuction to stop the sale of this. I would…

I think only apple branded products only work with iTunes. Also, this is scary, because if our government is allowing this, then companies can sell it to the majority PC crowd.

Whoa!

Posted by Vik on March 12, 2007 at 2:16 PM (PDT)

10

I’m more interested in the knock-off 3-in-1 car kit.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.457

Is there any danger to using this?

Posted by Tommy on March 12, 2007 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

11

I’m in the iPod industry, manufacturing accessory in China.

Although I haven’t seen 2G shuffle clones yet, I’ve seen many iPod clones in department stores in China.

Note that while these MP3 players basicly do the job, the actual quality is plain crap. Chinese engineers a fast when it comes to copying products, but they have little to no understanding of quality products or user experience.

Unfortunately Apple might have a problem to stop this manufacturer from offering their iPod clones, as the website is operated and orders get fulfilled from Shenzhen, China.

Posted by An industry insider on March 12, 2007 at 2:37 PM (PDT)

12

This disgusts me.

Posted by Japester on March 12, 2007 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

13

Well, I just bought one.  I’ll let you know how it goes when (if?) it arrives.  Worst case I just lost $20.  No big deal - that’s like a couple beer.

Posted by Peter on March 12, 2007 at 5:58 PM (PDT)

14

That’s just wrong on so many levels.

Posted by ddsd on March 12, 2007 at 8:39 PM (PDT)

15

that is nothing!

i am in beijing right now, and yesterday i saw in an actual computer accessories department store a knock-off so good, it’s almost the real thing. Even the plexi box was copied like the apple original’s.
The only obvious way of telling it’s a fake wasn’t even the ipod itself but the product description inside the box that was slightly out of focus… kind of bad print.

They immediatley said it’s a copy, so they’re not trying to sell it as the real thing.

Price could also have been around 20 dollars.

#

Posted by v a v o o on March 13, 2007 at 4:37 AM (PDT)

16

Well it looks like they have stopped selling any more:

“As some customers are concerned about this particular MP3 unit infringing on iPod’s Shuffle player, we are stopping from selling this unit any further. Received orders will be shipped normally.”

and have you seen the display on the nano knock-off!:
http://www.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_2289_6.jpg

Posted by tecstar on March 13, 2007 at 5:04 AM (PDT)

17

Probably just as well - looks like the earphone jack was 2.5mm instead of 3.5mm, so you’d have to buy (after searching for) the special headphones.

Posted by Multimoog on March 13, 2007 at 9:11 AM (PDT)

18

Notice the last photo on the Nano-ripoff? It looks to me like the headphones have “Apple” printed on them.

Posted by Cad on March 13, 2007 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

19

That’s a good deal even if you just used it as a flash drive.

Posted by superape on March 13, 2007 at 2:55 PM (PDT)

20

they only discontinued sale of the red one, not the black one.

Posted by thewho61 on March 13, 2007 at 4:11 PM (PDT)

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