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iPod shuffle clone introduced

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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21

Now creative can laugh! This things a joke! Hell I never thougt that the Shuffle would be so big. Not only is this thing doomed to failure, they’ll be lucky not to prosecuted for infriging Apples’ design too…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 12:52 PM (CST)

22

Its funny the way that no matter how hard any other company tries, Apple always seems to make the best designed product… even when it is a white stick of plastic. just compare the two, the super shuffle looks like a by a graphic products student at secondary school.

Posted by louispavlo in Southampton, UK on March 10, 2005 at 12:53 PM (CST)

23

*looks like a graphics products student at secondary school made it.

Posted by louispavlo in Southampton, UK on March 10, 2005 at 12:55 PM (CST)

24

Well to give props to Apple. It did confuse me at first. I was hopeing beyound hope that this thing would support AAC!

Besides if nothing eles the AD’s and the Earphoes are a direct rip-off from Apple…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 12:58 PM (CST)

25

Sorry hit the send button before I was ready…

I could see where someone could be confused with this thing till you come to gips that it’s a Crapster WMP ‘Plays For Sure!™’ Flash-Stick It looks like an Apple Product, it’s being marketed as an Apple Product. How could one not be confuesed???

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 1:02 PM (CST)

26

This is the flipside of exporting your manufacturing to Asia: it’s easier to get your patents ripped off legitimately.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on March 10, 2005 at 1:06 PM (CST)

27

I can see a happless lot of these on eBay NOW!!! Luxpro / iPod Shuffle! Oh the joy!! oh the Tears!!!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 1:07 PM (CST)

28

Well, figure where this thing comes from and you know it’s crap. It figures that it would only be a matter of time before the world’s capitol for knockoffs would come out with a copy of some iPod model. Probably only now that the flash memory using shuffle debuted, though, could they make something cheaply enough.

I don’t usually go for all this law suit stuff, but in this case, I hope Apple goes after these bozos big time and shuts them down. The UI and the marketing are obvious attempts to deceive. It’s so typical of most of the junk that comes from that corner of the globle.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 10, 2005 at 1:28 PM (CST)

29

I was just about to say that, copyright laws apply specifically to certain countries, the ones that choose to care. In any of the rest all you have to do is open a web site (or just get on eBay) and sell them internationally from there. This will probably sell for the same price or less than the shuffle because big companies like Apple ussually sell on their name and shoot for a much larger percentage of profit than an unknown company would attempt to sell a product for. I read the shuffle is at something like a 50% profit margin, so these people just have to sacrifice the 10% (or less) it cost them to add the FM and mic.

Posted by andres in Miami on March 10, 2005 at 1:32 PM (CST)

30

Talk about your oxymorons. “get your patents ripped off legitimately”? That makes no sense, whatsoever.

And, it has nothing to do with manufacturing in China. Those who are the kings of the ripoff product lines, if there was profit in developing a knock off of ANYTHING, could just as easily have purchased a legit model from any number of legit places, and reverse engineered a low quality, cheapo ripoff to make beaucoup money, regardless of where it’s made.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 10, 2005 at 1:33 PM (CST)

31

my, this sure has struck a nerve with ipod owners…

Posted by tantousha in Vancouver, Canada on March 10, 2005 at 1:40 PM (CST)

32

Well, believe me, I’m NOT one of those diehard true believers in Apple and how some here think they can do no wrong.

But, I’m very tired of the way entities in other countries, notably China, since they have “acquired” technology and are notorious for making big bucks off of knockoffs or outright piracy, are stealing the time, money and efforts invested by others. They might as well don ski masks and walk into banks armed with guns.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 10, 2005 at 1:52 PM (CST)

33

that is $ome f$$$ed up $tuff man peolpe the$e day$ are alway$ lookin for the money$$

Posted by BIGP in Texas on March 10, 2005 at 1:56 PM (CST)

34

“Please explain to me why Apple couldn’t have added at least the FM radio to their shuffle? Apple was just lazy with the suffle and this product helps prove that.” - Ichijoe

Because PodCasting would appear to be the future. :-p

http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=11051

Posted by Wai_TungLeung in United Kingdom on March 10, 2005 at 1:58 PM (CST)

35

Well once it generally gets out that this thing will not work with iTunes it should die a horrible death. This thing is the embodyment of what everyone first thoght of (myself included), the Shuffle as.

Yeah it has Radio in it Big Deal But, does it have ‘Smart Playlists’? No because it’s only a C(N)rapster ‘P(l)ay’s for shure!™’ WMP looser just like every other iPod Killer before it!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 2:00 PM (CST)

36

Just a thought, but could this be a modded shuffle?

Posted by tecstar on March 10, 2005 at 2:04 PM (CST)

37

-> Wai_TungLeung

And what frequency on the Frequency modulation Band (i.e. FM), did you care to listion to that Podcast? 109.5 The Kiss?!?! Or something. IIRC Podcasts can only be gotton of the ‘Net. I’m all for Wireless provided it’s affordable! but I don’t think I need worry about Podcasting in the Frequency Modulated Band just yet!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 2:06 PM (CST)

38

Duh. Of course, it’s about money. No one is going to mass produce a product and come up with a marketing scheme and materials (even if the concept IS stolen from someone else) just for the fun of it. In cases like this, it’s ALL about money. It’s sorta the whole point of commerce, legitimate or not.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 10, 2005 at 2:07 PM (CST)

39

dear jinzo-ningen,

what a dork you are. Real shuffles, ipods, ibooks, imac, mac mini’s g5’s. These are all manufactured ” junk from that part of the globe” !!!!

Posted by Hugo62 on March 10, 2005 at 2:10 PM (CST)

40

Well lets asume you could reprogram it with the iPod Updater I’d bet you’d loose that shiny new FM Radio in a snap! as Apple never gave it a thought. As for adding a Radio. I don’t know how it is in the PRC, Japan the USA and the rest of the World But, here in Europe. We have to pay a Monthly / Anual TV & Radio Tax (or Licence; UK), Given that and the wondefull buquet of Pop / Rap - Hip-Hop Crap on the local State owned Radio here in the local Frankfurt Main area. I could just asume to save my self the added bounus of a featue I’ll never have an use for…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 10, 2005 at 2:13 PM (CST)

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