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Contest: Design the new iPod, win Etymotic earphones


Will Apple unveil a newer, smaller, lower-capacity, flash based iPod (micro) this coming January? If newspaper and analyst accounts are to be believed, the answer is yes. But what would it look like? What would it be called? It’s your turn to speculate.

The winner has been announced

Entries must meet the following standards: they must be the entrant’s original work, comprised of 2D or 3D computer or hand-drawn art not previously submitted to iLounge, and must deal with an iPod meeting the following general concepts.

  • The concept iPod must be physically smaller than current iPod mini models, including a smaller screen.
  • It must not include non-musical features such as cellular phone or PDA functionality.
  • It should not include a color screen.
  • It must include a proposed product name. Be creative and thoughtful! You can (but are not obliged to) take the following factors into consideration, too.
  • It may, but not must, consider that lower storage capacity may not require full iPod/iPod mini-style controls (particularly the Scroll Wheel/Click Wheel and the familiar iPod interface).
  • It may, but not must, take into consideration possible cost-cutting measures involved in designing a smaller and cheaper iPod, including an all-plastic or all-metal body.
  • It may, but not must, consider possible alternatives to just cloning and shrinking the iPod mini - would a lower-capacity (flash memory based) iPod be better suited to high-impact sports, military applications, or other demanding situations?

iLounge will select one top entry as the sole winner of the Etymotic ER-4P MicroPro earphones.

Official Rules

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • The Design the new iPod Contest will begin as of this posting.
  • Deadline for entry is December 31, 2004 at 11:59pm PT.
  • All submissions become the property (intellectual and otherwise) of iLounge.
  • One entry per person. Non-valid email addresses, duplicate or similar IP addresses, or duplicate or similar names will automatically void entry.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. and international residents.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • iLounge is not responsible for computer malfunctions, bugs or viruses, and causes beyond our control. iLounge has the right to terminate this giveaway at any given time without notice.
  • All information submitted becomes the property of iLounge. iLounge will not release any personally identifiable information to any third party other than necessary to deliver the prize to winners, and identify the winners.
  • The prize consists of (1) set of Etymotic ER-4P MicroPro earphones valued at $330.
  • Winners will be notified by email and announced here.
  • Associates, employees, principles, or relatives thereof of iLounge are not eligible.
  • All taxes are the responsibility of the winners.
  • The prize selected does not imply or express any endorsement from the manufacturer or any other relationship with iLounge.
  • iLounge reserves the right to modify these terms to comply with the laws of the State of California, to correct errors and omissions, or to ensure fairness as determined by iLounge. Such modifications, if any, will be posted at iLounge.
  • Any attempt to manipulate, interfere with, or otherwise alter any entries, other systems or services of iLounge will disqualify all those implicated and subject them to prosecution in the State of California, United States and/or other jurisdictions.
  • Your entry implies and expresses your agreement to these terms and your waiver of any other related rights you may have in any jurisdiction.

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Is this mainly judged on creativity or how pretty the drawing/render looks?

Posted by p0lar in Irvine, CA on November 27, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CST)


I would say both… You may have a great idea, but it still has to be “sold”. Or you may have a fantastic presentation but the unit itself is completely useless. =P That’s ID for you ;)

Posted by carsncars in Irvine, CA on November 27, 2004 at 2:08 PM (CST)


I’m wondering how much the contest will be judged on feasability, I know this was kind of answered above, but certain things are sure to be made that are something apple would never make, like circular LCD screens, seeing as LCD screens are pixel based a circular LCD is rediculously unlikely to be manufactured. so I guess the real question is am I thinking about this way too much? which I probably am

Posted by SevenKnife in Irvine, CA on November 29, 2004 at 5:15 PM (CST)


by flash based, does this mean that the product will be sold with a fixed memory (ie. 64mb, 128mb, 256 mb, etc.) or will it be a product that can have interchangable flash cards, similar to digital cameras?

Posted by Matty C in Irvine, CA on November 30, 2004 at 1:14 AM (CST)


IMO, the one by S. J. Flavin looks best to other entries submitted up to now. I hope there will be more coming up.

Posted by frankthetank in Irvine, CA on December 2, 2004 at 5:35 PM (CST)


Does origionality even count, like if you submit something and then someone rips off the design and changes it a tiny bit or “pretties it up.” Does that hurt thier chances. So basically, say (hypothetically) I submit a design, a guy takes the same one and modifies it a tiny bit but his drawing looks better. Will you be able to look at the dates and say “oh, he thought of the actual idea, his is better than the prettier one.”

Posted by jellyMEETSjam in Irvine, CA on December 2, 2004 at 8:23 PM (CST)


I’m going to suggest something to you but don’t hold anything against me if what I say messes you up somehow.

I’d say if you think you have an orignal idea, hold your entry and submit it say a day before the deadline so your idea won’t be stolen. This could backfire as someone could submit the same idea and they think you stole it.

The best the you can do is be truthful to other peoples ideas. You may not win the earphones, but you didn’t steal and win the earphones. I think it was a poor descision to leave the gallery open to the public for this reason, but I still love ipodlounge. The only thing bad that could happen is you don’t win, which isnt a loss for you.

Posted by SlowBye in Irvine, CA on December 2, 2004 at 9:22 PM (CST)


If this is judged by, do the ratings that people put on there even count? Or is that what is meant by “ipodlounge”?

Posted by TheInevitable in Irvine, CA on December 4, 2004 at 7:32 PM (CST)


I don’t know, but please view the entries in order of date if you want to look at them fairly. If I was a judge I would not pick the one I did because, the art is better on others. But if I was looking at time of entry, I would choose it because many used a similar idea to mine after I submitted mine.

Posted by jellyMEETSjam in Irvine, CA on December 4, 2004 at 9:34 PM (CST)


What happens to those who didn’t see the other submitted entries and somehow came up with a similar concept? Should they be penalized because they submitted later, but never copied another’s idea, only hada similar one?

There are many things to consider and I am sure that those doing the judging will figure out the best way to deal with all of these issues.

Posted by macska in Irvine, CA on December 4, 2004 at 10:48 PM (CST)


I think that even if an idea was “copied”  or inspired by an earlier entry it shouldn’t be overlooked.
After all, the idea of a circular/watch, a box and a stick like mp3 players have all been around before this contest, but it’s the little things that make a good idea a great one.
Just think of apple’s design compared to others, there are more than one box shaped mp3 players around like the iPod, but it’s the slick and elegant design of apple that i find most appealing.
For example I too got an idea for a circular iPod, but I thought of a certain look that I’ll try to bring to that general idea beside the fact that it’s round.
(I’m still working on the actual model, hopefully i’ll finish working on it next week)

Posted by Or in Irvine, CA on December 5, 2004 at 11:15 AM (CST)


BTW, about the age limitation…
I’ll be 18 exacly 13 days after the deadline…
Is there any way around that rule?

Posted by Or in Irvine, CA on December 5, 2004 at 11:18 AM (CST)


wtf? why do you have to be over 18??

Posted by Superpete in Irvine, CA on December 12, 2004 at 11:07 AM (CST)


get ur parents to enter for you or something

Posted by p0lar in Irvine, CA on December 14, 2004 at 4:04 PM (CST)


When one design gets a 100 five star votes in one day, don’t you think someone is stuffing the ballots? Check out the gallery if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Remember ladies and gents, this contest is judge by iPodlounge, not the gallery rating system, and I don’t believe they’ll look too highly on those people messing with their rating.

Posted by theanticrust in Irvine, CA on December 15, 2004 at 12:26 PM (CST)


Smells fishy to me. So is it judged by iPodlounge administrators, or iPodlounge members?

Posted by TheInevitable in Irvine, CA on December 15, 2004 at 2:46 PM (CST)


arn’t you americans used to the ballots being rigged?

Posted by crumpet in Irvine, CA on December 16, 2004 at 4:18 PM (CST)


I think Urkarinians are a bit more familiar with rigged ballots. Americans are just familiar with problems counting them.

Posted by theanticrust in Irvine, CA on December 16, 2004 at 6:32 PM (CST)


SP - Urkrainians

Posted by theanticrust in Irvine, CA on December 16, 2004 at 6:33 PM (CST)


Can the images be larger than 640x480?

Posted by Ventro in Irvine, CA on December 23, 2004 at 5:06 PM (CST)

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