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iPod flash Concepts Winner Announced

We love design contests, and this was one of the best yet: design the next iPod.

Creative readers submitted all sorts of fantastic entries for this contest, and it was hard to pick a winner. We picked our top fifteen, then picked the best of the bunch. The winner receives a new pair of Etymotic ER-4P MicroPro earphones (value: $330.00), courtesy Etymotic.

When making the final cut, our challenge was to pick an entry that we thought was mostly realistic while simultaneously rewarding creativity. No entry was perfect, but we had favorites that were more or less excellent. As noted in the rules, we wanted to award a prize to an entrant who was “creative and thoughtful!” With the exception of the winning entry, which nicely combined creativity and practicality, the five entries below aren’t necessarily the top five, but do a good job of representing the tough choices we had to make in the final fifteen.

There were quite a few entries that merely shrunk the current iPod or iPod mini designs, and none of those really stood out from the rest. Some entries - like the one at the bottom of the page - obviously ignored the rules and couldn’t win for that reason. But overall, the entries displayed incredible talent and some great ideas, as you’ll see below.

Winning Entry: iPod nano


Beautifully rendered and well thought-out, Ed Ng’s “iPod nano” represents the style and feature shift we wish the lower-end iPod line would take: smaller case, slightly evolved technology, same great emphasis on practical style. Our only reservation - the Click Touchscreen could be easy to junk up with sweaty or greasy fingers, and technologically difficult to properly implement. But overall, this was a great concept and beautiful execution. Congratulations, Ed!

Some of the Runners-Up


This take on an “iPod nano” was also beautiful and had some great design ideas, but control and screen issues made it a fair bit less plausible. We still wouldn’t mind seeing one made, though.


The “iPod sd” concept was a solid one: in fact, it most strongly resembled what people have expected from a flash-based iPod device - basically a duplicate of iRiver’s plastic-heavy flash players with iPod controls and user interface. “SD” suggests that the device would be Secure Digital memory card compatible, too. Great work on this one, which was executed with various differences by other entrants as well. But would Apple be satisfied merely to duplicate other companies’ designs?


The “iPod iBall” was one of a large number of entries to presume that Apple will dump the iPod’s screen and go with a Nike or other simple white plastic and Click Wheel design. While we can’t quite figure out the need for the “menu” button on this entry, or even the “iPod” center button given that there’s no screen, we liked the clean execution of the design - as well as a number of similar entries that included sub-miniature screens and other somewhat impractical features.


What we really liked about the “ivePod” (tribute to Apple’s design wizard Jonathan Ive) was its simplicity: offloaded controls, screen built in, headphone jack and tiny power/data connector. Carry it around like a pen for playlist playback, connect the remote if you want to skip tracks. Elegant, though unlikely.

What the?...


This entry pretty much summed up the goofiest and/or weakest iPod concepts: 100GB, a red shell, and a color screen running Windows XP. Minus the red shell, Microsoft might actually consider this one (especially ripping off the iPod’s Click Wheel), so perhaps the artist should mail this one off to Redmond for inspiration.

Congratulations to Ed Ng and thanks to everyone for your excellent entries! You can see the rest of them at this Gallery link.

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oh man i definetely thought the ipod sport was gonna win

Posted by Benballa in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 3, 2005 at 9:13 PM (CST)


congratulations. the winning entry is also one of my favorites.

Posted by frankthetank in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 3, 2005 at 9:15 PM (CST)



Did u get our entry from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)?

I have a feeling it got overlooked, which is really annoying considering we put a good 20 hours of work into it. :-

Posted by Nickmunstr in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 3, 2005 at 9:51 PM (CST)


Could i ask that all staff of iPodlounge to go do at least one year of a design course at university, because i have done that and there are many things in this design that makes it an illogical design, both aesthetically and ergonomically (ie. the 2 key factors in a design). This is the things i can see off the top of my head.

1) clickwheel on the screen is far too advanced technology to have out by this year at a ‘cheaper’ price. and,

2) your hand will get in the way of what you want to view on the screen.

So why i may be disappointed that i didnt win, congratulations to the winner, i just suggest that more time should be spent judging the designs, looking at them individually and telling yourself “what if i had this in my hands right now”, and “how would it function”, “what flaws does it have”, “can it be used by anyone, including disabled, or left/right handed”.

You honestly can’t expect that much technolgical improvement for the so called “low end iPod”. But as said earlier, congrats to the winner, looks like much time was spent on that and you now have a great pair of Etys to listen to.


Posted by Matty C in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 3, 2005 at 10:09 PM (CST)


Great contest, too bad the ipod elf didn’t win… Oh well… anyway, congrats to the winner nice idea but I personally don’t think it’s that practical or “apple-esque”. to the point- Ipodlounge-could you list the fifteen favorites you mentioned? I’m really curious which other designs did well. Thanx

Posted by MHZmaster in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 3, 2005 at 11:17 PM (CST)


The top fifteen were: iPod Flash watch, iPod Flash oled compact, iPod CF, iPod Micro SD/wheel, iPod Quik, iSleight, iPod Micro circular (“micro3.jpg”), iPod flash click port, Sport Pod, iStick, and the entries above.

Re: clickwheel on screen, look at Nintendo DS (or myriad Palm devices) for examples of $149 and under touch screen equipped devices. It wouldn’t be identical, but a similar implementation. See the photo attached to this story at http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,62542,00.html?tw=wn_story_related for an example of how people achieved it earlier this year; it’s easy to conclude therefore that the winning entry did not require incredibly sophisticated technology, and could be done relatively cheap.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 4, 2005 at 12:16 AM (CST)


Althought im dissapointed i didn’t win i’m definetely stoked that it was mentioned as one of the top 15 (The sport pod). I worked pretty hard on it, (it took me about 1 hr, almost 2 to make)  I didnt really realize we were supposed to be so detailed about the design as far as diameters and weight but i am also definetely happy that Ipod Lounge chose something that actually seemed possible, and wasnt just a shrunk down version of the mini that was on its side, or some fricking stick that magically had all these features. So pretty much congrats to the winner any questions comments send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) gmail.com or yahoo.com peace and love

Posted by Benballa in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 4, 2005 at 4:20 PM (CST)


I just think that apple would have gone really simple, I think my entry, the iPod pocket was simple, but so was the iBall, and many others I don’t know the name of.

Posted by jellyMEETSjam in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 4, 2005 at 7:44 PM (CST)


I don’t know if it was more fun playing with a design to submit, or seeing all the rest!

The winners are cool… the iBall is the one that grabs me, somehow.

Good work! It will be interesting to see which one comes closest.

Posted by Nagromme in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 4, 2005 at 9:21 PM (CST)


Some great designs were entered in this contest.  Congrats to all who submited design concepts and to the Winner. 

I think you all have done a fantastic job and have shown your talents well.  Again congratulations to all.

Posted by honeybee1236 in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 5, 2005 at 12:15 PM (CST)


First of all, congrats to the winner.

Second of all, I agree with Matty C in the fact that your hands will get in the way of what you’re trying to view, and if your hands are dirty, theres a good chance that the screen would get scratched (as it is the most sensitive part).  Furthermore, I think this contest should be based primarily on originality, since there were many designs that were the same concept just modified a little.  I am also quite dissapointed that mine didn’t make the top 15 as I thought it was one of the most creative (ipod micro swivelscreen) ones there.  Maybe if I rendered it more “beautifully” it would have made it.  Oh well, there’s always next time.

congrats to the winner.

Posted by p0lar in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 5, 2005 at 11:25 PM (CST)


Thanks for all the congrats.

I wanted to talk about the thinking behind my design directly to the judges but luckily they got it on their. Although the two points that my design gets attacked on is the technical fesibility and the fact your thumb is in the way while scrolling.

First, technically it’s fairly simple. Uses all the same parts of a iPod expect it uses a touchscreen. To illustrate my point I sketched up a exploded view of what I believe would be the inner workings.


Secondly the thumb issue. Now my reasoning is that since you scroll in a circle, you thumb isn’t always going to be covering the entire screen. I’m guessing only 20% of the time you won’t be able to see 50% of the screen. That should give you enough time to read where you are in the interface. Plus the iPod interface is so simple, it’s not that hard if your blocking a bit of the screen every so often… but this is arguable till it’s actually done, and of course in my mind it works.

As for the dirt issue… wash your hands :P. But from my experience with a 3G iPod, I haven’t scratched the wheel or gunked it up and I don’t even use a case.

I’m a second year York University design student so know the basics of design.

- Ed Ng

Posted by theanticrust in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 6, 2005 at 4:33 PM (CST)


sorry ed, but having a wheel interface touchscreen would never work precisely because 20% of the time your consumer is going to be pissed off, and that is enough frustration for them to tell everyone they know no to buy the damn thing. You can’t design something and make it “almost convenient” or “sometimes working flawlessly” (unless you are microsoft:).
But the unit has a great, distinctive look to it, and that is obviously why you won.

Posted by bugless in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 11, 2005 at 5:38 AM (CST)


Some of the designs were freakishly close. I loved the one where you can project the screen on any surface. That is cool.

And Matty C…one year of of college design courses hardly compares with real life and more importantly, hardly makes you an expert. How about congrats to the winner and to everyone for their efforts, it is apparent that there is some real creativity here.

Posted by moxxi in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 15, 2005 at 11:55 PM (CST)


Good job to everyone that made a design. 

Hope you like your new canal-phones Ed.

Posted by jpod999 in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 17, 2005 at 4:51 PM (CST)


what about an ipod camera??
huh? its an ipod that can take pictures!! :-D
imstead of having to transfer pictures from your camera to the ipod, you can just take pictures with it and save it.

Posted by sarah in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 5, 2006 at 6:57 AM (CST)


hey send me an ipod xp

Posted by cj in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 4, 2006 at 1:54 PM (CST)


why dont they make an ipod mobile phone and portable radio all in 1???

Posted by Stucky in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 30, 2006 at 7:35 AM (CDT)


i was th 1,ooo,ooo.oo winner for a free IPOD

Posted by michele keefe in East Amherst, NY, USA on November 10, 2006 at 9:57 PM (CST)

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