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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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This is not about being an Apple fanboy, this is about intellectual property. It is a cultural problem.

In western society stealing intellectual property (which includes product piracy) is frowned upon. Not so in Asia, specifically China: Instead of feeling guilty, they are proud of their clones, although they usually don’t understand the underlaying product concept (quality, user experience, and when it comes to details).

For product designers and developers China is a dream come true and nightmare at once. The sheer number of cloned products from companies like Apple, Belkin and JBL being offered from Chinese factories makes me – product developer myself - really upset.

Posted by The industry insider again on March 13, 2007 at 10:49 PM (CDT)

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I just came across an nice example of product piracy, although only few electronics. Anyhow, not a single product on this website is genuine:

http://www.cnbestbiz.com/

A nice example of various Apple design clones can be found at the website of this chinese copy-cat:
http://www.ipod.net.cn/index_1204.asp

I could give you countless other examples…

Posted by The industry insider on March 13, 2007 at 11:44 PM (CDT)

23

Whatever…knock-offs will always happen. There’s a sucker born every…well, you know the rest. If it happens to work…great for you, the cheapskate. But it still reeks (in many ways), just like that $50 “Rolex” you’re probably drooling over right now.

Posted by flatline response on March 14, 2007 at 4:50 AM (CDT)

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> In western society stealing intellectual property
> (which includes product piracy) is frowned upon.

Not “western society” but mainly America. Russia and most European countries also don’t care much about IP.

The US cares because that’s the primary way the US makes money since the other industries have all been outsourced.

Posted by Jake on March 14, 2007 at 9:48 AM (CDT)

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click on the ‘MP3/MP4 Players’ tab in the dealextreme.com website and check out all the other iPod clones. Some of them are so bad it’s halarious. The link below is an exceptional bad nano clone.  check out the Ipod logo on the back of it.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2142

I also noticed that the shuffle clone went up a couple bucks.

Posted by john_kc on March 14, 2007 at 10:25 PM (CDT)

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Hi,
    Has anyone purchesed the nano2? i think im going to buy one and just wanted to see if anyway had before me.

Posted by skaterkid1300 on March 17, 2007 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

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I bought the fake IPod shuffle ( a month ago or something) and it is not bad as most of you think.

It last only 2.5 hours but it does have 1G of storage (no corruption, work perfectly fine).

The new one has 3.5 mm Jack but no shuffle ability (doesn’t play random songs) and it always start from the beginning when shut off.

For all you supporter of IP and US, the fake shuffle only look like the real one and the patent that Apple have in the states only work in the states (unless they apply for an international one).

Posted by John on July 16, 2007 at 10:57 AM (CDT)

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My dad got one of these as a gift at one of those listen to our product sessions.  It is 128MByte which is ~1Mbit.  It is metal, but it still feels cheap.

Posted by Kranberry on August 14, 2007 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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i have one of those i just got it, but it ONLY plays on continuous. there is SHUFFLE or RANDOM function. does anyone know how to make shuffle? (the only button mine has asides for the volume and frw rev is the on off button nothing else)
thanks!

Posted by notShai on October 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM (CDT)

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