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LuxPro adds tiny screen to iPod shuffle clone

imageAfter slightly tweaking and renaming its original iPod shuffle clone, LuxPro has now added two new versions of its “Super Tangent

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1

Now if the shuffle had this…

Posted by ipodman715 on May 6, 2005 at 3:01 PM (CDT)

2

How is it that a tiny Taiwan knock-off company can manage to fit a screen on the shuffle but Apple can’t?

Apparently it CAN be done, so get to work on version 2 of the shuffle and I’ll buy one—with the impossible to fit screen.

Posted by GrapeApe on May 6, 2005 at 3:09 PM (CDT)

3

Yeah, it’s got a screen, but it looks like sh*t.  C’mon, people.  The Shuffle does NOT need a screen.  When will you clowns “get it”. 

In recent news, it was announced that the iPod Shuffle now owns 58% of the flash market, so it appears that most are not fazed by the fact that it has no screen. 

If I recall correctly, the CEO of Creative predicted that the market would consider the iPod Shuffle a joke!  I guess the jokes on him.  What a freakin’ dweeb.

Posted by Quoth_the_Raven in Herndon, VA on May 6, 2005 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

4

It’s not that Apple can’t do it, it’s that they don’t want to. Of course it can be done, they have screens on everything now. The point of the iPod shuffle was to be random.

Posted by EricS2008 on May 6, 2005 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

5

If this is not a blatant patent infringement, I don’t know what it! It’s a flip’n iPod shuffle by any name. Apple’s lawyers are probably running their iPods at full volume working on the legal case for this one.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on May 6, 2005 at 4:47 PM (CDT)

6

Everyone has got this all wrong… when the first one came out there was an article that explained that it was all a publisity stunt… that it show what you can do with their hardware products… but they are not actually selling the item. I will see if I can find the link.

From macnn.com: http://www.macnn.com/articles/05/03/21/ipod.knockoff.a.pr.stunt/

Posted by betoranaldi on May 6, 2005 at 5:28 PM (CDT)

7

Sorry but this ‘clown’ thinks the shuffle would still do better with a screen.
I’m not saying it’s crap without one, obviously it’s not by the 58% market share, but a small screen would make it that much better.
1Gb of music is 250 songs….a screen WOULD be helpful, but it not neccesary.
Why not make a great product even better if you can?

Posted by GrapeApe on May 6, 2005 at 5:56 PM (CDT)

8

I gotta admit, with a screen, I might have to get one of these :)

Posted by pakkman781 in TN on May 6, 2005 at 6:33 PM (CDT)

9

Can these actually be purchased.  I looked at their site and they do not appear to actually be for sale.  Am I missing something?

Posted by AndyDK in USA on May 6, 2005 at 8:03 PM (CDT)

10

They
Are
Not
Real

Posted by KBrew in NJ on May 6, 2005 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

11

Quoth_the_Raven: so sayeth you.  I guess for you ignorance is INDEED bliss.  As for me, I want a display the next time around, regardless of whether or not LuxPro is vaporware.  I’d rather wear theatrical makeup, a big red nose, a garish curly wig, and floppy shoes than go blind YET AGAIN with Shuffle Gen 2, thank you very much.

FahrenheiPod 451: how is this patent infringement?  Plagiarism likely, trademark infringement possibly (but only if Apple did their due diligence and initially protected their design as some sort of corporate trademark, though however that’s something they can’t do with the Shuffle’s name), but aesthetic design itself is NOT patentable.  Just ask Jeep about their case against GM, AM General and the Hummer’s front grille.

KBrew: how do you know?  It would NOT surprise me if these things were marketed someplace, say like Mainland China, generally out of site of the western world. A BILLION people is plenty enough population to market to, and as we’ve generally seen in the past with the Chinese, they DON’T have much of problem with idea piracy or plagiaristic tendencies.

Posted by flatline response on May 7, 2005 at 8:10 AM (CDT)

12

The only reason Apple didn’t sue these people in the first place is because LuxPro had no intention of selling the product.  It’s simply a way of showing electronics manufacturers the kinds of products LuxPro could help develop for them.  By making showcase prototypes that look like an already popular design, it garners publicity for a small time company that might not normally receive it.  If they actually went into production of these, I have a feeling that Apple might probably maybe sue.  And by might probably maybe I mean they would.

Posted by KBrew in NJ on May 7, 2005 at 9:47 AM (CDT)

13

HEY!
I just thinks it’s a big JOKE,
i havent found it on a online store, and i’ve only seen the pictures from that website!

Posted by Frederik in Denmark on May 7, 2005 at 10:46 AM (CDT)

14

What a fugly POS.

Posted by minty on May 7, 2005 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

15

For those of you that want a screen, shell out the cash and get an iPOD Mini.  The shuffle is compact and meant for random music play such as when you are at the gym, or riding your bike.

There are plenty of other flash players out there that have screens.

Posted by JaysGottaShuffle on May 7, 2005 at 1:09 PM (CDT)

16

The point of the iPod shuffle was to be random.

The point of the shuffle being screenless was to raise Apple’s margins by shaving a few dollars off the cost price. Not having a screen also boosts the battery life, enabling Apple to put less welly (and $) into the battery.

The point of the *marketing* of the shuffle was to convince enough people that the omission of the screen was a desirable feature. Obviously, many are convinced.

Personally, if a song is playing, I *like* having the ability to glance at something and find out what the hell is playing! I also like being able to jump around multiple playlists in a non-sequential (and non-random!) fashion. Especially with multiple audio books! Without voice menus or a screen, Apple makes this impossible on the shuffle.

Posted by Demosthenes on May 7, 2005 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

17

Until support of AAC files is added, it is a joke.  If and only if that happens then will become “copying” worth a damn.

Iggy #hmm

Posted by TheIguana in Calgary, Alberta, Prarires, Canada, North America, on May 7, 2005 at 9:13 PM (CDT)

18

http://www.luxpro-corp.com/e_dr33.htm

looks like they have a top tangent boombox in the works

Posted by seajay1221 on May 7, 2005 at 9:51 PM (CDT)

19

tee hee ...

from the LuxPro site ...

LUXPRO CORPORATION is recognized by a technological group. They work in researching, designing, and innovation products for over 30 years. LUXPRO always insists to provide you comfortable customer services and high quality products to match your requirements.

We will keep going to be a designing leader. Our products are always so useful to meet what you need. Our mission is to improve your living quality and to create your life value. If you can imagine it, LUXPRO CORPORATION can make it.

No matter how old you are, what you do, or where you live, chances are a LUXPRO CORPORATION product touches your life.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on May 9, 2005 at 12:30 AM (CDT)

20

“The Shuffle does NOT need a screen.  When will you clowns “get it

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on May 9, 2005 at 8:57 AM (CDT)

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