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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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41

All you Korean bashers don’t know what you’re talking about. Korean online games are maybe the best in the world - anyone played Lineage? They entire country is wired for super broadband and to the Koreans the fact we’re still stuck with dial-up is worse than a joke - it makes the US look like a third-rate country. LG and Samsung also make some of the sweetest consumer electronics at the moment and make Sony look sad and old. Samsung also own most of India by now - if you ever leave your podunk Iowa townships you’d see just how extensive Korean interests are outside of the US.

And about India. The “Santa Clara” company that invented the iPod and lease it to Apple identify themselves as “A Santa Clara, Silicon Valley and Hyderabad, India company”. SO there - much of the precious design for the iPod is coming straight out of India. Well done, it’s a curry box.

Posted by antifascist on January 20, 2004 at 11:49 AM (CST)

42

actually, their other d-cube player on their website looks really sweet.

Posted by puzzled_panther on January 20, 2004 at 12:05 PM (CST)

43

When will companies learn that it is going to take more than these types of MP3 players to be any match for the iPod. Yet another victim to the iPod monster.

Posted by The White Gold on January 20, 2004 at 2:21 PM (CST)

44

I also noticed that they ripped iRiver’s flash based mp3 player design.

Posted by Niche on January 20, 2004 at 2:50 PM (CST)

45

Before we all get too precious about the origins of the scroll wheel, Bang and Olufsen had scroll wheel operated telephones on the market well before Apple (BeoCom 3 and BeoCom 6000). <http://www.bang-olufsen.com>

As an Product Designer I love the iPod, but the first time I saw it, I immediately saw the similarity to the B+O products (which I also love).

I’d be interesting to see Apple try and sue, based on the scroll wheel design. Lotsa luck!

Posted by Barney on January 20, 2004 at 3:31 PM (CST)

46

Ok first of all with regardence to your video game comment.  If you ever tried playing UT, Halo, CS, or Warcraft III you’d easily see that Koreans are not the “best in the world.”  However I’m not saying we suck (koreans) since there is one in 3D and Schroet all def toppers in CPL.  Also you have some misconception to think that Korea is some superfast computer network country.  It is no doubt very advanced… lived in korea for 3 years…and the broadband rage.  definately busy in Seoul and surrounding cities since i used to go to the pc rooms all the time to play starcraft…but if you go down to 밀양 (Miryang) they don’t have jack.  Seing that Korea is about the size of Utah I am surprised you are even complaining.  A country already corrupted politically like on SBS news today how Lotte bribed politicians (everyday stuff in korea) you sort of get sick of it.  I’m not bashin Korea since i am connected to it by my parents and so forth, but you can’t avoid reality.  Stay there and talk to people and you’ll see the inevitable fact that the country copies Japan and America.  Coex mall would be a good example other than its use for the world cup.  So would the Inchon airport.  I agree Samsung and LG makes great products and thank God korea has them.  But what makes them great is that they aren’t “borrowing ideas” to the extent that this company did.  THis is just sad.  On a better note korea rules with cellphones.

Posted by wutever on January 20, 2004 at 6:08 PM (CST)

47

OMG look at this pik omg scarey!
http://www.nextway.co.kr/bbs/gallery_view.asp?id=81

Posted by MeshKent on January 20, 2004 at 6:42 PM (CST)

48

No offense, scroll wheels have been around in telephones before B + O existed as a telephone company. Radial dial anyone? And who cares if other players have more features. If more features take more space and are made horribly, who cares. Quality is quality is quality. No argument against quality.

Posted by Mike W. on January 20, 2004 at 8:33 PM (CST)

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Seems naive to me to think that D Cube is the first company to recognize Apple has a winner with their wheel design and try to do the smart thing by copying it. In fact Samsung did try to copy the wheel design in their Yepp player and they were threatened by Apple in May 2003, http://www.macminute.com/2003/06/11/samsung
Here’s the relevant quote:
“The Korean company had planned to release its well-reviewed Yepp YP-900 hard-drive digital-music player in May 2003 but has delayed it until fall because Apple threatened to sue, claiming the device looked too similar to its hot iPod. Samsung execs say the Yepp will be redesigned.”
Here’s what their Yepp looks like now:
http://www.samsungusa.com/cgi-bin/nabc/product/b2c_product_detail.jsp?eUser=&prod_id=YP-910GS/XAA
It’s pretty clear that they got rid of their “wheel navigation”.

Even if Samsung also licenses the Portal Player platform which Apple uses for the iPod, they are only licensing the internal workings, firmware, chips, etc. not the outer design, the UI, including the wheel.

However, the other interesting point is whether Apple has a legitimate right to stop D Cube. It seems Samsung though so in that case. It turns out that Apple did file a patent for a scroll wheel on Feb 7, 2002, http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20030076303.PGNR.&OS=dn/20030076303&RS=DN/20030076303
The iPod was introduced Oct 23, 2001. Still, the earlier posters mention of Beocomm phones using a nearly identical scroll wheel is intriguing. Beocomm introduced their line in 1999. So Apple may have a hard time with their patent.  I looked at the Intellivision patent and it is for a joystick. It’s not clear to me how it affects Apple. The Beocomm IP seems more relevant.

Posted by Alex on January 20, 2004 at 9:04 PM (CST)

50

Sorry about that long URL…I should have previewed before posting :(

Posted by Alex on January 20, 2004 at 9:31 PM (CST)

51

wutever, your view of korea seems really narrow.  i’ve been to korea and found it vastly different then what you are projecting.  to say that they “copy” another country is downright hilarious.  are you baseing this on what, culture?  technology?  economics?  politics? 

what sort of fantasy world are you expecting from a nation that climbed out of a third world economy from the end of the korean war to becoming one of the biggest manufacterers of electronics, industrial goods, and automotives.

get a grip you self hating korean-american.

Posted by huh??? on January 20, 2004 at 10:18 PM (CST)

52

actually the iRiver flash-based players i would say are pretty unique, and they are korean

Posted by taestee on January 20, 2004 at 10:22 PM (CST)

53

Read the patent. It just goes to show that some folks play by the rules, as it is pretty specific to the domain in which it its intended. So no lawsuits over steering wheels, etc; that is pretty much a .com “business process” phenom.

It looks like Apple recognized back then that the scrollwheel “mouse and nav” solved the huge problem (I had Rio players and the Porta cd-shaped Nomad before my first iPod) of picking a needle in a haystack of songs, as it were. Clickity-click-click-click…if you used the Jukebox, you’ll know what i’m sayin’

The patent is pretty specific to Apple’s actual implemention.

BTW, the first thing I thought when I saw the 1G button and wheel arrangement was that it looked like a woofer :)

-K

Posted by Kai on January 23, 2004 at 9:24 AM (CST)

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Read the patent. It just goes to show that some folks play by the rules, as it is pretty specific to the domain in which it its intended. So no lawsuits over steering wheels, etc; that is pretty much a .com “business process” phenom.

It looks like Apple recognized back then that the scrollwheel “mouse and nav” solved the huge problem (I had Rio players and the Porta cd-shaped Nomad before my first iPod) of picking a needle in a haystack of songs, as it were. Clickity-click-click-click…if you used the Jukebox, you’ll know what i’m sayin’

The patent is pretty specific to Apple’s actual implemention.

BTW, the first thing I thought when I saw the 1G button and wheel arrangement was that it looked like a woofer :)

-K

Posted by Kai on January 23, 2004 at 9:26 AM (CST)

55

“When will companies learn that it is going to take more than these types of MP3 players to be any match for the iPod. Yet another victim to the iPod monster.”

Delusional.

Posted by Steve on January 23, 2004 at 10:24 PM (CST)

56

two players
iPod vs. NHD-150D

it looks different, I think
http://www.nextway.co.kr/bbs/free_view.asp?page=1&id=346&searchby;=&keyword;=

Posted by totoful on January 25, 2004 at 12:48 AM (CST)

57

Where’s Jeremy Horowitz, our resident Intellectual Property lawyer, when we need him? ;-)

Posted by azdude_15gb on January 25, 2004 at 1:03 AM (CST)

58

Scroll wheel also reminds you of the jog dials on VCRs.

Posted by wco81 on August 4, 2004 at 11:09 PM (CDT)

59

Have they copied the crap battery from the iPod too ? That would be sooooooo sucky….

Posted by Monica Lewinski on August 9, 2004 at 6:50 AM (CDT)

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