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CNET names Creative Zen Vision: M ‘Best in Show,’ ‘iPod Killer’

In announcing its “Best of CES 2006” award winners, CNET has named Creative’s Zen Vision: M “Best in Show,” its top pick of all of the products shown at the annual consumer electronics convention. Citing the device’s “brighter screen, better battery life, and more features” than the iPod, CNET’s editors suggested that the device was an “iPod killer,” praising its support for multiple video formats and “winning design.”

In a video interview with CNN’s Renay San Miguel, CNET editor Brian Cooley was challenged on the choice of a device so similar to the fifth-generation iPod for an award based in part on innovation. Cooley defended the tech site’s choice of the “little more hefty” Vision: M, saying that “sometimes slimmer and more svelte is not always good for your hand,” and said that CNET’s editors preferred the Vision to the iPod on feel. CNET readers picked Pioneer’s Inno, a truly portable XM Satellite radio receiver and recorder, as the show’s best new product.

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1

Yeah, it’s really an iPod killer alright.  It’s heavier, thicker, and as an added bonus, it’s even more expensive than an iPod.  Good luck with all that…

Posted by SJR on January 8, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CST)

2

It might be “Best of Show” since Apple didn’t attend, but Apple has such a jump marketing wise with the iPod, car integration and the like that copy cat Creative will barely have a chance if they can market anything at all which they can’t.

Creative - creativeless and marketing losers

Apple - creative and marketing innovators

Posted by MacDude on January 8, 2006 at 11:03 AM (CST)

3

Somebody got paid well for that prize.

Posted by Matty on January 8, 2006 at 11:10 AM (CST)

4

Now now fellows, there’s no need to get so defensive. I’m sure some people will prefer features to the iPod’s thinner, soft-as-butter looks.

MacDude: Call me crazy, but I don’t see how dancing silhouettes against different colored backgrounds is “innovative”.

Posted by Lily on January 8, 2006 at 11:14 AM (CST)

5

Um, who looks for innovation at Cnet anyway, or come to think of it, who respects Cnet, compared to Engadget and tons of other great tech sites…

Posted by My name is Fruity on January 8, 2006 at 11:15 AM (CST)

6

If I had a nickel for every product that was called an iPod killer…

Posted by Radical Bender on January 8, 2006 at 11:16 AM (CST)

7

People still use ‘iPod killer’?

Posted by Fen on January 8, 2006 at 11:21 AM (CST)

8

Cnet sure ain’t what it used to be. They sold out a while back. Lots of other tech sites kick their ass on a daily basis. The bookmark teeters on deletion.

Posted by dad on January 8, 2006 at 11:59 AM (CST)

9

Sure, ipod is slick, but none of you can probably say anything. Have you really held it before? Have you compared it before? Forget cnet, it is not an ipod killer, but more of an ipod alternative. If you want something based on appearance on the outside, then ipod is good for you. If you want soemthing thats feature filled, more battery, then the zen vision m is goof for you. I dont like it how you people always bash other things that isnt an ipod.

Posted by hugged2death on January 8, 2006 at 12:09 PM (CST)

10

Come on people, give creative a chance to win something :D

Posted by Ray on January 8, 2006 at 12:39 PM (CST)

11

It’s surprising how often the other two important pieces of the equation are always left out when comparing the iPod to the latest “iPod Killer” of the day.  Those pieces being, iTunes and the iTMS.

Besides, who the hell even cares what CNET has to say?  Aren’t they MS shills anyway?

Posted by The Raven on January 8, 2006 at 12:44 PM (CST)

12

Naming a video iPod knock off best of show at CES is like naming a DVD player best in show, it makes no sense since CES has typically been about showing off new gadgets not ones that are copying older ones.

The Inno though actually is a good choice.  It’s the first non-iPod music player that has caught my eye in years, the ability to get sat radio anywhere is compelling, as is its ability to record that radio.

If I were in the US and able to get it, and the full sat radio selections, then I’d actually consider getting it to suplement my Podcasts.  However I’m not and I can’t get it so I’ll survive happily.

Posted by Jeffery Simpson on January 8, 2006 at 12:55 PM (CST)

13

Video iPod knockoff?  That’s the dumbest description of the Zen I have ever heard.  Seriously.  Do you have any idea how many portable video players have been made before Apple ever considered making one?

For the love of &#@!, Apple fanboys are the absolute worst, I swear to god.

Posted by stark23x on January 8, 2006 at 1:20 PM (CST)

14

Well okay you might not call it a ipod knock-off but check out the design and the specs are basically the same as the iPod and the Zen’s style is identical except the thickness. To me i think the iPod 5G looks better because of the thickness, why would anyone want a thicker player for more $$ it just makes your pocket bigger. Creative did fix some things that Apple shouldve addded to there first 5G but creative released it after the 5G so they had the chance to fix somethings and make it a little better then the iPod.But Zen totaly copied apple’s design.

Posted by Chris on January 8, 2006 at 1:32 PM (CST)

15

Honestly, it’s an interesting product.  Longer battery life and more video format options (with higher res).  Apple zealots really chap my hide, its like a religious cult—so full of steve jobs love, he could bring out the worst product ever and the apple fanboys would say its the most innovative and useful thing ever—doesn’t help that most of the press are also apple fanboys, ready to lick up steves table droppings…  All ican say is apple was big in the 70-80’s—almost dead in the 90’s—big in the ‘00’s—and history always repeats itself.  BTW I love all my ipods (4 of them) but I don’t think its the cure to the worlds ill’s either…

Posted by apple-fanboy-h8a on January 8, 2006 at 1:39 PM (CST)

16

creative did not copy off of apple’s design. It takes at least a year to design something like that, most liekly even more. Do you really think creative waited for the ipod to come out, and then make the creative zen vision? It doesnt make sense. Also, its the other way around. Apple copied creative’s gui.

Also, they based their design of this on the past zen micro, and zen micro photo. All they did was refine the look, and add a 2.5 inch screen.

i completely agree with apple fanboy h8a and his views on apple/ipod fanboys.

Posted by hugged2death on January 8, 2006 at 2:24 PM (CST)

17

My question is, how much did Creative really copy the 5G. I mean, it takes a long time to develop a product, its not like Creative mashed the :M together in a month, how could they copy the iPod? And I wish people would stop going on about how it is more expensive. Yes it is, but you get a wall charger, more resolution, more features, better battery life for $30. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a 5G and I like it, but lets show Creative a little support, they seem to have done a good job on this product and after all, the only way the iPod will keep getting better is if it has some competition.

Posted by ninus on January 8, 2006 at 2:28 PM (CST)

18

Regardless of what the Creative apologists are saying about the Zen or Apple fanboys, the Zen IS a rip-off of the iPod (or as close a rip-off that the “Creative” design team could come up with). 

The fact remains, however, that practically NOBODY cares about Creative products, at least not enough to put a dent in the iPodifacation of the world.

So, Creative fans, basque in your moment of CNET glory.  It will be short-lived.

Posted by The Raven on January 8, 2006 at 3:01 PM (CST)

19

Anyone notice how the anti iPod brigade are getting just a little bit cultish.

Posted by spyinthesky on January 8, 2006 at 3:02 PM (CST)

20

just look at it. its like such an ipod copy

Posted by yo on January 8, 2006 at 3:12 PM (CST)

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