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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, March 10, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

pic LuxPro, a Taiwan-based maker of digital audio products, has introduced what can only be described as a blatant rip-off of Apple’s iPod shuffle. LuxPro’s “Super shuffle,” which is being shown this week at the CeBIT conference in Germany, is nearly identical to the iPod shuffle in every way—from its form factor to its name and advertising.

Made from the same white plastic and featuring the same control pad as the iPod shuffle, the Super shuffle is also the exact length (3.3”) and width (0.99”) as the iPod shuffle. The flash memory-based Super shuffle is a little thicker (0.38”) than the iPod shuffle (0.33”), but offers an FM tuner and voice recorder, which the Apple device lacks.

LuxPro’s music player weighs in at the same as the iPod (.78 ounce), offers the same USB 2.0 connectivity and charging, and even copies the iPod shuffle’s backside slider switch and battery light indicator. The Super shuffle boasts two slider switches, apparently one is needed for general use and one is needed for the extra FM and recording features. The LuxPro product offers MP3, WAV, and WMA support.

Like the iPod shuffle, the Super shuffle is offered only in 512MB and 1GB sizes, and works with both Windows and Mac OS X. Pricing and availability were not immediately available. However, German iPod site iPodLife has provided iLounge with a handful of photos of the device and its advertising at CeBIT, which show that LuxPro is not only cloning Apple’s low-cost player, but is also replicating its well-known silhouette ads.

Click “Read more” for large photos of the Super shuffle and an Apple-like poster.

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101

I’m willing to bet this does not even work with a Mac as far as software goes. It probably just shows up as a flash drive and you add your music manually by drag and drop. Probably only works with WMP on Windoz. I think someone will get prosecuted for leaking Apple’s designs in TW. It’s just quicker for them to use someone elses designs than to come up with changes to make it look entirely different. I would say this TW company is really lazy and not smart at all. The end is near for them. 

Posted by ionlyuseosx on March 12, 2005 at 6:21 AM (PDT)

102

It never ceases to amaze me at the short-sighted folk out there who for the love of god want an FM tuner in their iPod as standard (also somebody wants portabale video built in jeez).  Is it me or was the whole point of MP3 players to allow the user the choice of playing the music they like where they want and when they want. If you ever listen to radio you realise you don’t get that choice. If they want to listen to radio then they can get a lttle pocket tuner for $5 or buy the iPod add-on but please will they shut up about it.  As for the Taiwan knockoff super shuffle, it will never see the light of day after Apple fries Luxpro’s a$$.  Also do you hinestly expect it to work better than the Apple iPod Shuffle, if so prepare to be disappointed.

Posted by mac daddy in United Kingdom on March 12, 2005 at 6:50 AM (PDT)

103

This thing would have to sell for half price to be successful.  I don’t think that business is sustainable.

Posted by Frank Z on March 12, 2005 at 8:32 AM (PDT)

104

This thing would have to sell for half price to be successful.  I don’t think that business is sustainable.

Posted by Frank Z on March 12, 2005 at 8:32 AM (PDT)

105

The SigmaTel chip used in the shuffle already supports FM radio and voice recording.  Apple, for reasons of their choosing, elected not to implement those features.

IMHO, they didn’t do it because of the design concept of simplicity.  Make it do the thing it is supposed to do really d**n well.  Don’t hang features that aren’t the main function of the product.

Besides, the FM radios in players that have them tend to be less than optimum.  If you REALLY want an FM radio, buy a device that is optimized for FM performance.  They’re cheap.

If you insist on having an FM radio in your music player, then don’t buy an iPod.  Apple didn’t design it for you. 

Buy one with the features that you want….and then you’ll have to put up with all those other “features” that you don’t want.

- gws

Posted by GW Schreyer on March 12, 2005 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

106

Weird or what:

Re: Super Shuffle on ebay - comment from seller:

“It’s available.  And you’re right, next to the inventory your
pushing—1(one) transaction—my feedback is definately lacking.  This
isn’t Cricket.  Go away.”

Anyone still want to purchase from this person?

Posted by busybusy on March 12, 2005 at 12:52 PM (PDT)

107

Now removed from listing on ebay so it looks like it was a con.

Posted by busybusy on March 12, 2005 at 12:56 PM (PDT)

108

They cant just cpy the iPod shuffle it just isnt the same.But it still boasts some extra features.I can predict there might be a courtcase

Posted by Bob333 in Galway,Ireland on March 12, 2005 at 1:26 PM (PDT)

109

If you want a radio so badly, go to the dollar and buy one of those cheap mini-FM radios for $1 and have fun.

I see no point to cluttering the iPod with a radio. The point of an iPod is to avoid radio advertisements and stupid, horrid DJs who don’t know what they’re doing and are stuck with a Clear Channel playlist.

Now, if you could combine an iPod and a XM or Sirius Radio, that’s a different story.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on March 14, 2005 at 12:52 AM (PDT)

110

i want this, i have an ipod shuffle but an fm radio? sh*t apple is lazy

Posted by d4vez0rz on March 14, 2005 at 6:25 AM (PDT)

111

IkBenStevey , dude, you are just too stupid for me…get a friggin’ life, or come up with your own design/product and stop babbling nonsense!!

Posted by andijazz in New York on March 14, 2005 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

112

jinzo-ningen, well said, dude!

Posted by andijazz in New York on March 14, 2005 at 10:08 AM (PDT)

113

You gotta love the fact that this company is basicly telling people “hey, iPod shuffle could have given you more… but they didn’t”

Posted by Electrox3d on March 14, 2005 at 11:14 AM (PDT)

114

The reason Apple hasn’t put an FM radio on their iPods is because radio sucks. And why listen to what someone else wants you to hear when you have a device, at your fingertips, that precludes you from ever having to endure intolerable deejays and commercials. Apple has its head on straight; simple is better for them. It’s always worked like that.

Posted by Todd Pitman on March 14, 2005 at 11:15 AM (PDT)

115

with an item like the shuffle, eventually you’ll need a radio. There is no WAY 1GB of music (esp. the 512 version) will last you a whole vacation for instance. You need other forms of music. Also you can find out the latest artists or new releases using the radio feature.

Posted by Electrox3d on March 14, 2005 at 11:19 AM (PDT)

116

I’m sorry; I just think this is hilarious. For Luxpro to blatantly copy the shuffle and then advertise it just cracks me up. Just goes to show you how different a mindset there is in places like Taiwan and China. Companies over there could care less about intellectual property rights or copyright infringement. They excel at copying technology and making it cheaper, and they don’t care who created and owns it in America. Individual or company ownership of technology doesn’t really mean much to them. 

Posted by suninmoon in Atlanta on March 14, 2005 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

117

everything this company stands for is ripped off of something..  they have promoted Sharing music between friends via the ” share connector”  THey also have tried to rip off the ipod shuffle. unfortunately they fell short in the design. something so nice about the ipod shuffle that is so suttle is it’s one peice cap construction. the whole product is inserted into the one peice cap, obviously the rip-off couldn’t do so and had to sacrafice this trademark of all ipods, marginal at best but sad at least.  .... althought they atleast took some obvious downfalls of the ipod shuffle and combined then.  they now combined the headphoen and lanyard which truthfuly looked stupid when wearing both.  I think this will help apple look at their products in a function view point.  how functional are they and how much better they can be!  but I htink it will give a hat off to some of apple’s designers/ manufacturers since it is obviously man. better!
booyah

Posted by mdg7229 in cleveland on March 14, 2005 at 1:16 PM (PDT)

118

Wow IkBenStevey, you really are a #####.

First of all, “someone who has the guts to kick Aplle’s [You spelled Apple wrong] stupid, lazy, sell-out a**” You really think they are going to kick Apple’s a**? Hate to break it to you, but they won’t.

Second, “Super shuffle shows that Apple is just too big of a sell-out to add radio and voicerecording to their player.” Like somebody else already said, the radio would be a complete waste. Who in there right mind would want to use a radio without a screen? Not me, and not many others. As for the voice recording, woohoo. There are other things made for that that would do it much better.

Third, “I said it ones and I’ll say it again: Apple can do way more with the iPod. They are just too stupid to do it.” Wow, Apple is too stupid. I must agree. There is no way a company that was smart would be able to come up with both the iTunes service and the iPod. Two items that are dominating the market. Yeah, Apple must just be a bunch of idiots that don’t know their feet from their hands.

Fourth, “I still want to watch movies on the iPod, but Apple won’t let me.” Go cry to your iPod my friend. When you are done tell me why you own something that was made by the stupid company Apple and is evidently a sellout item. I wonder, oh maybe it is you that is the sellout. After all, you shouldn’t be selling out your group of anti-Apple idiots by owning an Apple product.

Fifth, “Ring rig, Here’s [Here’s should not be capitalized] you wake up-call mr. [Mr. should be capitalized] Jobs. NOW GET OFF YOUR LAZY a** [Why is the “a” lowercase when everything else around it is capitalized? Kind of defeats the purpose of a loud rant to whisper in the middle of it] AND WORK FOR YOUR MONEY!!!” Let me clue you in on something. Mr. Jobs is the reason Apple is making such amazing products that everybody wants to copy. There are LCD screens that look like Apples, there are iPods that look like Apples, (Obviously) heck, there is even a computer case that looks like a G5. Another thing about Mr. Jobs is that he makes less from Apple than you do from coins you find. Just tell me how much work he should be putting out every year to meet your expectations?

That concludes my list of facts as to why you are a #####. Hope you enjoyed it because I would like it if you made up for how much I hated your post.

Posted by IkBenSteveyMoron on March 14, 2005 at 7:18 PM (PDT)

119

Crap, I forgot to mention that in the fourth block of text in my post there is an error. Your quote is messed up because you wrote ones rather than once. Dufus.

Posted by IkBenSteveyMoron on March 14, 2005 at 9:20 PM (PDT)

120

Anyways.. from my knowledge… It DOESN’T matter if any company selling or manufacturing products calls it “Shuffle” even though Apple has “Shuffle” trademarked. This company is Based in Taiwan, which means that products and company names and everything else must be registered in Taiwanese/Manderin!

Theres a story about a Starbucks Knockoff in China and it survived a huge lawsuit with the real Starbucks, but they did not win because the knockoff Starbucks had a different chinese name!

Anyways…, many of you who say that the design is the same, I do beleive that the back of the product is different than the real Ipod Shuffle, they may have also moved the buttons. I actually would buy this instead of the real Ipod Shuffle because, well I love lanyards(it shows off the peice, hence status symbol), but who actually uses the Apple Earbuds(BLAH!). They can offer the super shuffle cheaper than the 70% price increased Ipod Shuffle, and they have voice recording and FM!

Yes, FM does suck in my city, but not in all. And you know what Apple? I haven’t spent a cent in your country biased iTunes music store which has NO BENNY BENASSI!!

Those of you who are worried that they probably use less expensive and durable electronic components, aren’t you going to be buy a new one in a couple years from now? If it does break, bring it back to the store or just call up the company and yell in Taiwanese.

I am guessing, if they use the same processor as the real Ipod Shuffle, then you can probably use it with older versions of iTunes, since they probably have the most updated versions to deny these types of knockoffs int he newer versions. If not, wow…. Apple=LAZY~!!

Anyways, this is just my thoughts on this topic… lets get the debate team goin!

Posted by Lumps on March 15, 2005 at 2:38 AM (PDT)

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