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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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81

Wha-? Fuh-?
I can’t believe they would make and market this! It’s like they’re walking into a house, and just calmly taking stuff while the owner watches! How obviously bootleg can you get??

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on March 10, 2005 at 7:36 PM (PDT)

82

While no nameplate, top-tier manufacturer would have done this, and the very sight of this thing is like a slap in the face to most Apple fans (including me), the realities under the legal questions are different than what would be commonly assumed.

The moment Steve held up the iPod shuffle at MWSF ‘05, I groaned, because I realized the product was a real departure for Apple. Basically, there is no bit of intellectual property present in the physical design or construction of the shuffle that’s protectable. The form/shape of the product is not unique enough to gain a U.S. design patent (that’s why Apple’ has not applied for one), the control layout is no longer unique (as is the one on the larger iPods), and the functionality of the device is a simple subset of every existing MP3 player on the market. While there is some minor common law protection for a company’s industrial design, it is based around a concept best stated as ‘essentially exact.’ Is the Super shuffle an ‘essentially exact’ replica of the Apple iPod shuffle? Probably not, in a legalistic sense.

From the audience at MacWorld Expo, it was obvious that the shuffle was ripe for imitation. And, LuxPro is merely the first company to take advantage of Apple’s decision to issue a product without any legally unique I.P. Believe me, (A) Apple knew that they were releasing an unprotected product, (B) Apple knew there would be similar (but not quite exact) knockoffs, and (C) LuxPro knows Apple knew, and has merely stepped up to be the first of what will certainly be several such completely legal imitators. Apple will not sue, because there is no legal basis for such a suit. I’m certain that the LuxPro product will be in stores all over the U.S. and Europe very soon. And, that’s reality.

Posted by MacMice on March 10, 2005 at 9:19 PM (PDT)

83

well there site is haveing a 503 atm so i presume that means that apple is holding it hostage “fingers Crossed” smile

Posted by nickcirc in Perth WA on March 10, 2005 at 11:19 PM (PDT)

84

Apple should sue them!

Posted by TheCritic in Mumbai,India. on March 11, 2005 at 12:49 AM (PDT)

85

Man! As an iPod owner (and advocate to my friends), I’m truely surprised to see this rip-off copy, especially made by a company in my own country! It’s such a shame!

I don’t care about the features or prices, but this is TOTALLY a stealing of intelectual property!

Posted by Weiming in Taipei, Taiwan on March 11, 2005 at 12:56 AM (PDT)

86

Someone PLEASE, tell me why people care about FM radio on ANY mp3 player!?!?!?  Is not the entire point of owning one is the fact that you can control what you listen to, instead of the constant (short) loop of crap on the radio?!?!?

Recording functions I can completely understand.  Apple has been lagging in that department.  Yeah voice recording is nice for lectures and the like, but I need CD quality [16-bit stereo 44.1 kHz] (at least).

I still don’t why iPod haters try to make an issue out of radio capabilities.

Posted by The Diva in Austin, TX, USA on March 11, 2005 at 1:25 AM (PDT)

87

LOL, gotta love “Engrish”!

Posted by AndyH in Berwyn, PA on March 11, 2005 at 3:59 AM (PDT)

88

Well it seems that their website has died the death… I wonder if a company that can’t even keep its website going very long can really make a product that will last?

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 11, 2005 at 5:43 AM (PDT)

89

My old crappy Nike MP3 player worked just fine with iTunes, I don’t see why this one wouldn’t.  Why does everybody assume that it won’t?  It didn’t sync automatically, no, I put songs into it like a playlist. 

Anyway, I think it’s great there’s a clone out there, but it’s pretty tacky that they copied the ads.

Posted by SnowyWeather on March 11, 2005 at 7:25 AM (PDT)

90

*Sniff, sniff*
I smell ripoff covered with a lawsuit. I would never buy one, but for those who do (TRAITOR!) its on Ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73839&item=5759639992&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

Posted by TYtheHPguy in USA on March 11, 2005 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

91

This is like an early April’s Fool joke, if not, I am sure Apple is going to sue Luxpro “to kingdom come”...

Cheers

Posted by howwow in Singapore on March 11, 2005 at 7:54 AM (PDT)

92

“Well it seems that their website has died the death… “

Probably due to the increase in traffic - it’s still there…

Posted by MadPict in UK on March 11, 2005 at 8:42 AM (PDT)

93

>>“If you want a player with one of these things, don’t buy an iPod.”

you said it. Why are people acting like Apple is depriving them of a God given right by not including an FM radio? Don’t buy it if it doesn’t suit your need. No one is holding a gun to your head and making you buy iPods.

Posted by Nipith in Los Angeles, CA on March 11, 2005 at 9:15 AM (PDT)

94

That’s even worse then when you consider that, Apple gives it’s iTunes Software away for free!!!

Sometimes the best things in life are not free.

Posted by Demosthenes on March 11, 2005 at 10:27 AM (PDT)

95

I don’t understand all the complaints about the FM tuner.  Why when you have the ability to load a player with your own tunes, would you choose to listen to a bunch of crap on FM and constantly be interrupted by commercials.  I think there is a reason why Apple doesn’t include an FM tuner in the iPod and the reason is most people wouldn’t use it.  I’m certainly not willing to pay .50 cents more for an iPod for an fm tuner, let alone $25.

Posted by sechannell in United States on March 11, 2005 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

96

Apple does not put a fm radio in the shuffle   caus they know that the reason why ipods have become so sucessful is that Fm radio now really sucks, so we gotta program our own music. 

Posted by silvertrailer on March 11, 2005 at 1:38 PM (PDT)

97

Durandal,

The makers of this product are Taiwanese, not Chinese. Taiwan is still a separate piece of land and to many it is regarded as a separate country. The inhabitants are not Chinese, they are Taiwanese. By saying “Chinese” you are denoting that all Chinese are like that, and that is extremely offensive to me, because this is not something that I would want my nationality to be associated with.

Apple should take action against LuxPro. What they are doing is blatantly wrong, and the people who buy it are basically encouraging such behavior. Of course, not like the people who buy it will care if it’s a copyright/patent infringement…

Posted by greencoffeebean on March 11, 2005 at 3:49 PM (PDT)

98

Oh my God! I just checked that eBay link for a Super Shuffle and the seller has a -1 rating and hasn’t sold or bought anything since 2003! Yet people are still bidding away like it’s going out of style. What f*cking morons! And $10 for shipping??

I hope they aren’t planning on actually recieving that product. It’ll be a cold day in Hell before they see their cash again! ROFLMAO!

Some people are just straight up stupid and deserve what they get: scammed by a fraud of an eBay seller. LOL!

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on March 11, 2005 at 7:11 PM (PDT)

99

You have to wonder why, if he has this device, he hasn’t posted any other pictures of it - the one he has posted is the same as shown above.

Long barge pole required….

Posted by MadPict in UK on March 11, 2005 at 10:30 PM (PDT)

100

Many of the components of the shuffle are made in China. Now these component manufacturers are the same ones that Apple use and can make over runs (extra components) which they ship out to their manufacturing buddies like Luxpro to create a clone.  The difference is Apple’s quality control is much tighter than the clone.  So there is a possibility that the components they use are the same as Apple’s shuffle.

Posted by shufflefanatic on March 11, 2005 at 11:29 PM (PDT)

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