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Korean iPod clone released

picNormally we couldn’t care less about iPod clones, but Korean company Nextway has announced the D Cube NHD-150D, a 1.5GB hard drive based audio player looking very similar to the iPod. It’s white, and has an LCD display above a scroll wheel and buttons similar to older iPods. Its features include; OGG Vorbis support, 8 line LCD, FM transmitter, FM radio and FM record, direct encoding, Mac OS support and the list goes on. We could not find a price posted on the website. Apple has been known to sue for such ‘similarities’ in product design, most notably the original iMac.

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AH!  I hate to be a whiny grammarian, but this is my #1 pet peeve in the entire world.  “Normally, we COULD care less…”  NO, nonono.  This means that you care a lot about iPod clones, when you actually want to say that you don’t care at all about them.

The correct expression is: “...we COULDN’T care less…” meaning that there is no way you could care less about these pathetic clones.

Sorry, but I have to start fighting back against this horrific, terrible, patently offensive cliche.  ;)

Posted by themantis on January 19, 2004 at 11:34 PM (CST)


themantis: thanks for spotting that… noted and corrected.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on January 19, 2004 at 11:48 PM (CST)


nice features… but couldn’t they have made it less ugly…

Posted by Steve Jobs on January 20, 2004 at 12:12 AM (CST)


And you thought the chinese were bad.  Well, they are and I’m chinese but geez, that’s the past.  =)

Anyways, it looks very much like a rip off the design.  And the scroll wheel?  If you say it doesn’t look nearly identical to the Apple one, you must be blind.  It’s nearly identical down to the buttons!

Geez, if you’re gonna copy, make it less noticeable! 

I’d hate to see how soon this company pulls its products after it receives the lawsuit tomorrow morning.

Anyways, ogg support, nice! 

A built in FM transmitter?  Nice!  I don’t care for the FM tuner, but rather, an AM tuner.  Why?  News!


Posted by cabbit on January 20, 2004 at 12:14 AM (CST)


did anyone ever sue or get sued over the first round of GUI’s invented many moons ago??

Posted by suck my hairy nuts smooth on January 20, 2004 at 12:53 AM (CST)


you all aeem scared of these clones. its technology a si have said in previous posts. it advances, the iPod will advance, and it will be the superior, its what happens, other companies started catchin up, and then Apple struck back with more stuff, and theyre gona realise they need to add more features to the next gen. as for the scrol wheel, well, i read somewhere apple does have the right over it, which is why no other company have ben able to use it. so im sure this korean company have found a loophole and are ALLOWED to make them. im not sure, its just my veiw.

this isnt intended for big music fans, 1.5 gb of music will last u…im not sure, about 1 days non stop music? ium sure someone can corect me on this

Posted by silver_haze20 on January 20, 2004 at 2:55 AM (CST)


If Mac OS support turns out to mean AAC and Fairplay DRM, so that it works with iTMS, that would be a significant step along the way to consolidating AAC as the dominant music format.

Apple won’t be able to own the entire on-line music market from distribution to player, but they could dominate it.

In order to dominate it, they need to allow others to join them. Other hardware manufacturers will need to build devices that will work with iTMS.

This could be the sort of product to do that - maybe not this particular one, but something that differentiates itself from the current iPods.

There’s no indication of price, but if it were cheap, including the FM transmitter would open up markets .... and close others where that type of FM transmission is illegal.

My hunch is that this particular product won’t turn out to offer anything special, least of all concerning AAC, but a product announcement similar to this one may well turn out to be the significant one.

Posted by AlanAudio on January 20, 2004 at 3:10 AM (CST)


You can call it copying, but the problem is that Apple found the perfect way to scroll that also gives the iPod a distinct and unique look. The circle is the only way to continuously scroll without lifting a finger. Think about it. It’s like finding the shape that has all points on the edge the same distance from the center- the circle. It has so many practical uses, and to hold it back from other companies to build upon and improve wouldn’t be fair.

Posted by Sam on January 20, 2004 at 5:31 AM (CST)


Found the site…Korean anyone?


1) Yes, it’s a cheap knockoff.
2) It seems small…~iPod mini sized?
3) I’m torn on the “inspirational” use iPod scroll wheel.  It is THE key to the iPods success IMHO.  However, I love scroll wheel mice.  What if only one company (Microsoft or Logitech) could produce that?

Posted by mike on January 20, 2004 at 7:14 AM (CST)



Must click “>more info” more often!!!


Posted by mike on January 20, 2004 at 7:16 AM (CST)


looks better than ipod to me. usefull functions, as well…. good luck to them! Apple can learn a thing or two from these dudes….

Posted by al on January 20, 2004 at 7:24 AM (CST)


Alright, as a student of graphic design, I would like to say one thing.  Taking ideas and design into your own work/inspiration, is LEGAL.  Using those ideas and calling them your own is NOT.  I think any company trying to break into the market, and fight against Apple, effectively and respectively, NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL.  Use Apple’s ideas and moves as an inspiration to your own work, but make sure it is your own work.

Posted by powerbook17 on January 20, 2004 at 7:47 AM (CST)


It is interesting to note that Apple’s scollable wheel design is a direct clone of the B & O BeoCom 1 phone (http://www.bang-olufsen.com/sw4387.asp). Or is it the other way around. I pretty sure the latter was there first.

Posted by LapZilla on January 20, 2004 at 8:17 AM (CST)


it looks like a 1g ipod that has been dropped, then run over by a steam roller and then dropped again.

I really dont think apple have anything to worry about with this one

Posted by bryan on January 20, 2004 at 8:24 AM (CST)


if they released it in a higher capacity and gave it a decent price, I’d consider it.

Posted by dave on January 20, 2004 at 9:02 AM (CST)


Maaaaaaaaaaaaaan…....never have I seen something looking THAT much like an iPod before. I mean, if they are gonna copy it, at least change a few more things about the design to cover their own asses like the colour.

The player does look pretty damn small in this pic though: http://www.nextway.co.kr/products/new_150d.asp#22

Either that or the guy holding it has big hands.

Posted by Rishdeep on January 20, 2004 at 10:31 AM (CST)


Rishdeep: The iPod mini measurements are 91 x 51 x 13 mm. According to the web site for this Korean product, its measurements are 88 x 48 x 19 mm.

So it is slightly smaller than the iPod mini in length and width, but about 33% thicker.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 20, 2004 at 10:49 AM (CST)


Good for them.  The iPod is the best design around.  It’s about time somebody did the smart thing and copied it rather than trying to reinvent the (scroll)wheel.

As for any lawsuit Apple may have in mind, I’d like to see them try.

Posted by Mountain Man on January 20, 2004 at 11:12 AM (CST)


First of all, Apple did not “threaten” Samsung over their player - the reason it looks and behaves very like the iPod is because Samsung and Apple both license the design from a SDanta Clara music player design engineering company.

Secondly, Apple do not have a patent on the original iPod scroll wheel, but they do have a patent on the mini iPod clickable scroll wheel. It was awarded only a few months ago.

I have doubts they could enforce this patent for too long though, because the Mattel Intellivision video game system in the early 1980s used a substantially similar clickable scroll disc in its gamepads.

Posted by KimchiBoy on January 20, 2004 at 11:41 AM (CST)


I had one of the first Intellivition sets many years ago. I seem to remember that scroll disc being on that moved, though, not a touch-sensitive wheel as the iPod mini’s is. Isn’t that true?

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 20, 2004 at 11:45 AM (CST)

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