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Mix: Apple ruling, SanDisk, Samsung, Garfield

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, May 8, 2006
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The full judgment in the Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer case has been posted online. The extensive document provides Judge Edward Mann’s views on the suit. [via Macintouch]

BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl is the latest to report on SanDisk’s move to take on the iPod. “The outfit’s flash-memory factories and penchant for feature-packed, low-cost players may help its fight against the iPod juggernaut,” the article says.

The Korea Times reports: “Samsung Electronics said on Sunday it has changed the graphic designs used in its latest handset model ‘Skin,’ after it was found to have copied Apple and Microsoft artwork. The electronics giant admitted plagiarizing designs of the handset’s graphic user interface.”

Garfield is the latest “celebrity” to be spotted rocking out on his iPod. [via TUAW]

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1

Well, Apple dodged another bullet.  Fanboys rejoice.  Haters lick your wounds.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on May 8, 2006 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

2

I had no idea Garfield comics is still going strong….

Posted by morpheus on May 8, 2006 at 11:17 AM (PDT)

3

Samsung sucks, you get no respect now suckers.

Posted by Bobj2k on May 8, 2006 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

4

Competition is good.  This could make the Ipod a better product than what it is.  I love my Ipod, but if another company makes a better product I’m willing to give it a try.

Posted by JOG on May 8, 2006 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

5

I don’t think Apple should worry about SanDisk. I just bought their 4GB Sansa m260, I load it full with songs, disconnected from computer and on display appeared message “Rebuilding library”. That was last message which I saw on this player - it never even started again. This happend on two diferent units.

Posted by Radek on May 8, 2006 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

6

Oh, Garfield is still going all right. I wouldn’t say it’s going “strong”, however, unless you’re referring to the rotting stench from the moldy jokes Jim Davis foists upon his readers every day. smile

Posted by Fangorn in Texas on May 8, 2006 at 3:11 PM (PDT)

7

Well…I would have purchased one of the new Sansa m260 had Sandisk made it compatible with a Mac, so I settled for a Nano.

Posted by Jason on May 8, 2006 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

8

Until a competitor can come up with a software component like iTunes that seamlessly integrates with their product and with their music store, they can just forget about beating the iPod.

Posted by The Raven in USA on May 8, 2006 at 4:11 PM (PDT)

9

I am getting REALLY tired of these empty threats. Until someone comes out with something GOOD ENOUGH, then Apple has NOTHING to woorry about!

Posted by ahMEmon on May 8, 2006 at 5:06 PM (PDT)

10

Jason, the sandisk players will work with a Mac.  they can be used as UMS devices.

ahMEnon, sandisk is #2.  they are the closest company to apple at the moment.  their new flagship player looks pretty nice compared to the nano and they are available in retail stores (a facet many other companies don’t seem to address) at prices cheaper than the nano.

Posted by zip22 on May 8, 2006 at 6:36 PM (PDT)

11

Fangorn, it’s worse than you know. Jim Davis doesn’t even write the strip anymore, he just sits at his desk with the “Creator” placard and makes money. There’s a rotation of Garfield writers that churn out strips like a bad TV show, same with the artists. Garfield these days is a mass-produced comic; the Twinkie among real foods.

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on May 8, 2006 at 8:39 PM (PDT)

12

When it comes to rumored iPod Killers or even stiff competition for the iPod, it seems kind of late in the game.  They’ve had five years to oust the ipod.  They even had a year or two before it was compatible with Windows to really hook the PC=using crowd.  Now, though?  every supposed ipod-killer i see on some gadget-news website seems like too little, too late.

Posted by Chibithulhu on May 9, 2006 at 2:34 AM (PDT)

13

What? Late in the game? You mean apple will rule forever and no company should ever even try to make a decent player because it’s ‘too late’? There’s no room for innovations, improvements, or creativity? Apple’s iPod is absolutely perfect and nobody else will ever buy anything else? I don’t understand how you could even say the words, too late. Apple will NOT rule forever. Right now, they don’t even have the BEST player. Five years ago ipods were scarce, WALKMANs ruled. They thinned out because somebody else made a better product. The same thing will happen to the iPod. It’s never too late.

Posted by fxspec06 on May 9, 2006 at 3:34 AM (PDT)

14

fxspec06:

That may be true, but it’s been like what, 5 years now? Has anyone been able to at least make a dent in the iPod’s market share? Really? Who?

The iPod isn’t perfect, but just as Windows 95 was, it’s perfect enough.

I’m not saying that Apple will be the king of the hill for ever and ever, but no-one (at least not yet) has been able to come up with a gadget that at least offers some sort of competition. The only thing that does that is the NEXT iPod model.

Honestly, there is nothing that I wouldn’t like to see more than a choice to the iPod, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Posted by ahMEmon on May 9, 2006 at 5:36 AM (PDT)

15

SanDisk’s problem is just a really bad name. I mean it’s “I have the SanDisk Sansa e250 player!” vs “I just got a new iPod!”

Apple has done a good job with both their company name and product names.

Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on May 9, 2006 at 9:20 AM (PDT)

16

i agree. why do other companies insist on making complicated, number-filled names for there mp3 players? if you ask someone what kind of ipod they have, they will tell you, ask someone who owns a sony or a SanDisk? “uuuhhhh… idk”

idiots…  raspberry

Posted by eric on May 9, 2006 at 1:10 PM (PDT)

17

hello…

Posted by saja on August 4, 2006 at 11:51 PM (PDT)

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