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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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Apple has threatened to invade Taiwan if the self-governed island moves toward formal independence from the iPod Shuffle. The threat has become more real to many in Taiwan as Apple prepares to enact an anti-secession law that some analysts fear may provide Apple with a license to attack the island.

Posted by Lorepod in Austin on March 15, 2005 at 5:58 AM (PDT)

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The codec chip inside is a Sigmatel (http://www.sigmatel.com) device, which already has an “on-chip” (i.e., built in) LCD driver AND an FM tuner.  That is, the capability for an LCD and FM tuner are already in the ishuffle.  You are already paying for it.

To get FM radio would be a minor modification to the existing product (also the LCD screen, as the LCD drivers are already there…)

Draw your own conclusions, but LCD and FM capability are already there, and you bought it.  Apple has chosen not to use it, or perhaps will offer a new product with added features?

Posted by LSMB on March 15, 2005 at 6:21 AM (PDT)

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It may not matter what happens on the legal front, the market for black market DVD copies is bigger than the real thing. No surprise if the same thing happens with consumer electronics like MP3 players

Posted by Stujo on March 15, 2005 at 6:44 AM (PDT)

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OK
First off this is just a bad bad BAD move. The only reason a company does this is to ride the brand rcongition of other companies. The ipod brand is world know and best selling. “it needs a tuner, they can make it better”  stop your ######## and grow up. Apple is doing what sells PERIOD iriver and teh other boys have done every update save put a tuneable TV on there units and the shuffel in 3 months has about the same market share as any “one” other non apple mp3 player. This companny is looking to be confused for teh apple unit and piggy back on it’s sales. Hell they could have made the same unit and pained it black if it was just about getting a better product on the market. These guy are dead wrong , just as e-machines was wrong back in the day for making the knock off imacs and the got sued into a buy out…Stand on your own and don’t steal good ideas from others. 

Posted by DaDeacon on March 15, 2005 at 11:13 AM (PDT)

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Re: Radio functionality in Apple products

Weasel - very good point there. However on the flip side, one could argue that it could BOOST sales. If people hear a song they like on the radio, they might want to check it out and buy it from the ITMS wink

Posted by dottz on March 15, 2005 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

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Well, I’m glad to see this product.  It’ll show all the Apple lovers how much they’re getting ripped off by Apple.  I hate Apple products….I wish Apple would go bankrupt and show the non Wintel users how bad their coveted Macs really are.
As for this iPod clone, first, there won’t be any lawsuits….the company’s in Taiwan.  Do you think they care about copyrights?  Second, I’ll bet they offer this product for half of what Apple charges, and rightfully so, since everything that Apple makes is overpriced and under powered.
Oh, and it’s great to know that this new clone will do wav and mp3 files.  You’re better off signing up with Rhapsody and getting everything you can download for $10 a month, then, if you have the right software, copying all the songs to your hard drive for free.(well, okay, it does cost you $10 a month, but that gets you 900,000 songs)
I got their free 14 day trial, and so far, I’ve burned 6 CDs, and have over 100 songs.  Not bad for free. 
The heck with iTunes, get Rhaposody, and download and copy up to 900,000 songs for only $10 a month.
Oh, I have downloaded many iTunes in the past for free (one of their promotions), and changed them to non-copy protected wav files and copied them to CD’s also.  The heck with Apple’s aac format…..with the right software, you can copy anything to wav or mp3 files.

Posted by Malldoe on March 15, 2005 at 9:58 PM (PDT)

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I don’t really care that this rip-off exists. It can only benefit the consumer as it will make Apple up the ante in terms of technology and design. Yes its lacks imagination copying the design and advertising… But counterfeit goods have been going for as long as companies have been charging over-inflated prices for goods…

And floridante…. I thought Jobbs had copied Xerox’s OS in the first place?! Didn’t they develop a mouse controlled OS which they showed to industry… Including The One True Jobbs?

Posted by Flakmunky on March 16, 2005 at 2:22 AM (PDT)

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I find it sad that some of the people here admire Luxpro for copying another company’s creative work. Even for simple products like this, design and creativity requires an investment of resources. In fact, elegantly simple is often much harder to create. It requires time and energy.

We’ll never know how many shuffle designs were rejected before Apple came up with the final shuffle design. Ditto for marketing. Apple spends tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on ad design and some weenie in Taiwan sits down with Photoshop and produces a nearly identical ad.

Then people here think it’s just fabulous that some company in a country known for its lack of integrity in business, where people work for a fraction of what Apple has to pay its employees, is saving all the development costs and selling a cheaper near-clone. Are those people really too stupid to realize that without a company like Apple to copy, they wouldn’t have any cool products? These companies are nothing more than parasites that suck the life out of their own hosts.

Posted by skytag in NC on March 16, 2005 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

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jinzo-ningen:
if there’s a country more advance than USA, u can bet your ### that US will try everything to steal whatever they want. one thing to hate rip off compnay, another thing to bash other country as a whole. japan stared out copy other people stuff lloks where r they now, given time China will be like them. Also on what ground you said ‘Pick up a shuffle and one of these knockoffs and tell me that even you couldn’t tell the difference from feel alone of the latters inferiority.’
have u use one of this already?

Posted by J.L. on March 17, 2005 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000650036878/

I shall now accept Ichijoe’s apology. Twas a fake, and it’s hard to believe most of you fell for it.

Posted by jerseyfreeze on March 21, 2005 at 7:55 AM (PDT)

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itunes and wmp suk use real player (if you’re willing 2 pay…)  u can even sync your ipod with real player and serach your harddrive for music instead of adding music one-song-at-a-time.  Just saying.  And i think this copy of the ipod shuffle will be in a lawsuit…

Posted by ihavanipod in none on March 22, 2005 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

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Funny,

while reading this article, I was listening to “take California” on my Ipod, and getting mad at this tiwan company.

The creators of this new “super shuffle” must be old enough to know electronics, but dissconnected enough from the world to know about Apple’s past legal battles with “copycats”.

That is almost as in your face to Apple, as “Lindows” is to Microsoft (note the L)

Posted by b5bar on March 23, 2005 at 2:56 AM (PDT)

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What a dickhead thing to do, why cant people be original. i mean even the marketing is the same. Excuse me whan i say, bloody asians!

Posted by rmacca on March 30, 2005 at 2:09 AM (PDT)

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What idiots, cant they be original. this is so gonna be a lawsuit. damn copies… get a life!

Posted by rmacca on March 30, 2005 at 2:12 AM (PDT)

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Check out what they said when i emailed them. no joke!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Sir,
  Thanks for your attention to our products.
  MX-575D/1075D (Super Tangent) will be ready to sell and ship on the
middle of April, but we can’t make sure when it will be available on your
country/region.
If you are still interested in it, please mail to us again on the middle of
April about where you are and the quantity you need.

Thank you!


Best regards,
Service Center, Luxpro Corporation
http://www.luxpro.com.tw
mailto: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by lit jimmy on April 4, 2005 at 1:52 PM (PDT)

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Can we atleast play the song we want to?

Posted by can we choose the song in india on April 4, 2005 at 10:31 PM (PDT)

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