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Mix: Chinese campaign, iPod recreation, Judy’s Books, Anti-iPodders

Macworld UK reports that Chinese Mac users are preparing an October promotional campaign focused on Apple’s iPod.

Softpedia’s Alexandru Macovschi says: “Companies that invest money and effort into dethroning iPod shouldn’t have skipped the digital music history classes and understand once and for all, that iPod is the result of a once in a lifetime moment, which cannot be recreated even if they add two wheels and a 5TB hard drive.”

Seattle start-up Judy’s Book is offering iPods to anyone who submits 50 reviews of local restaurants and other businesses.

Corilyn Shropshire of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes about the “small number of holdouts and self-proclaimed music lovers who are shunning iPods as if they were the coming of the plague.”

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1

Regarding the “anti-iPod” artical, what complaints do they really have about it? Aside from “trendy” and “expensive,” there really isn’t any. Though the expense may be a legitimate complaint, the trendy is as much not an argument not to buy it as it is to buy one. There is not, however, anyone saying it doesn’t work well.

Demonstrating one’s individuality by conciously rejecting the mainstream in the interest of “not being part of the cult” is basically buying into the cult. You’re still “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

Posted by Charles on August 15, 2005 at 11:19 AM (PDT)

2

indeed *lol

Posted by size9 on August 15, 2005 at 12:15 PM (PDT)

3

Admit it, there is something annoying about the iPod and its ever increasing popularity and how cool each new owner thinks he is.

Apple has the world hooked on the iPod and it’s cult-like followers are becoming annoying.

Yes, I’m a part of the cult-like following, but I don’t want to be.  Do I need iPod rehab?  Probably.

Though I don’t totally agree with the anti-pod article, I do see the author’s POV.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on August 15, 2005 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

4

I think it’s more like “spoiled brat syndrome”.  I don’t have one, so I have to hate it!  I had a Creative player before I got my iPod and I regret owning that piece of trash!  It never worked with the software, constatly needed to update, plus was unruly with playlists.  The only reason I love the iPod is because it does what I want it to.  I’d rather not go back to a portable CD player.  I used up batteries, and I never had the CD I wanted with me!  Basically, something has to be top dog, and that’s not the iPod’s fault.  It’s because our society is obsessed with what’s better.  Would I buy an iRiver?  Another Creative?  Probably not-but it’s not out of the question. I just don’t have any interest in their extra features.  I don’t want a lot of bells and whistles, and I don’t use MP3, WMA, or Ogg Vorbis.  I use AAC, because that’s what I like.  If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!  People have no right to trash something that they don’t even own.  That’s what we call jealousy.  If you honestly don’t want it to rise to the top…stop talking about it!  All publicity is good publicity.  who knows, maybe another company will come out with a hard drive player so good, that people will start hating that one!  I can’t wait!  (rolls eyes)

Posted by Poprox on August 15, 2005 at 6:51 PM (PDT)

5

I, personally, don’t give a damn about the cool factor.  I keep my iPod hidden away and use it with black headphones, partly because the Apple headphones are rubbish, but mostly because I want my iPod to remain my iPod.  I prefer the iPod to the other players out there because it has the best user interface.  Should iRiver or Creative come up with an equally well thought-out product then I’ll replace my iPod when the time comes with one of those. 

Speaking of rubbish headphones, I’m wondering how many of the iPod haters have listened to one using the Apple headphones and were put off?  It seems daft to me that Apple would go to all the effort of creating a superior music product, and then ship it with cheap, tinny headphones that can only serve to give a bad impression of its sound reproduction abilities.  Maybe some of the haters would change their minds if they get to hear an iPod through a decent set of phones.

Posted by phennphawcks on August 16, 2005 at 2:26 AM (PDT)

6

Ron-

You may have taken it a bit too far.  It is definitely possible to hear the difference between a 128 AAC file and the original.  It may not be possible to hear the difference when listening through the crappy earphones that come with an iPod, but it’s possible when using a higher quality set of headphones or speakers.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on August 16, 2005 at 11:52 PM (PDT)

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