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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, February 18, 2005
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Apple’s 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffles are now in stock at Circuit City’s online store. Availability in brick-and-mortar stores will vary.

A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple Thursday on behalf of consumers and resellers of the company’s products. The suit, filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco, seeks to include in the consumer class any person in the U.S. who purchased Apple products or repair services since Jan. 1, 1995.

The original iPod placed 12th on Mobile PC’s “Top 100 Gadgets of All Time” list. Diamond Multimedia’s Rio 300, the first known MP3 player, placed 8th.

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“Diamond Multimedia’s Rio 300, the first known MP3 player”

wrong!  http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000760028868/

Posted by StinkieDMB in Pittsburgh, PA on February 18, 2005 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

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shuffle is already sold out on circuitcity.com

Posted by trav in north america on February 18, 2005 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

3

Apple PowerBook 100 is #1, there’s some fodder for another round of Mac vs. PC debates.

Posted by AaronM on February 18, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

4

yup, the MPMan was the FIRST ever mp3 player. I remember wanting one for the longest time. but ended up getting a Rio 300 due to the cost… BTW I still have that 300 and still going strong…

Posted by Zardoz in Austin TX on February 18, 2005 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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Hmmmm, i’m not too sure about the PowerBook coming in as The Top Gadget of All Time.

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on February 18, 2005 at 1:17 PM (PDT)

6

Looks like Apple is getting sued once again. I have to admit that they do have a Microsoft-esque approach to the iPod and iTunes.

Well, when you start thinking like Bill Gates you attract anti-trust and class action lawsuits like Bill Gates.

Plain and simple.

BTW: I was just thinking… if I want to use iTunes because of all their “exclusive” content, the ONLY MP3 player I can use with it is the iPod while other online stores like Real, Napster, etc., allow you to use a ton of different manufacturer’s MP3 players… that’s not exactly cool in my book… what if a year from now or whatever, I decide I want to use a different MP3 player. Now I’ve got literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of LEGALLY purchased songs from iTunes that I can’t use on ANY OTHER Mp3 player?!? Oh, boy… iTunes’ AAC format isn’t looking so good to me right now… :sad:

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on February 18, 2005 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

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Apple PowerBook 100 is #1, there’s some fodder for another round of Mac vs. PC debates.

Yes, but the PB 100 was designed and manufactured by Sony. Apple’s attempt at a portable, the Mac Portable, was really, really, really terrible. It was like one of those “portable” Compaqs from 1985 or something.

Posted by Demosthenes on February 18, 2005 at 1:59 PM (PDT)

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I had about 275 songs from itunes,all in AAC obviously.  I sold my 3G ipod for a 4G. I didn’t like the 4G and I didnt like the mini so I went ipodless for a few months. I began to explore other mp3 players. While the ipod is King,there are a few now that are very attractive. I didn’t enjoy being handcuffed to Apple. I paid for those songs like a good boy and yet I really didnt own them,they owned me.  I HAD to stay with ipod. Even though cool,perfectly acceptable 20GB mp3 players where to be had for $225 or less.

So,I had to burn all of my AAc files to cd,18 songs per cd,and then back in as mp3’s in order to have my music in a format that would work with any player. Not that I ‘prefered’ another brand but just to know I have the choice.  Not to mention I like to burn mp3-cd’s for my Dad and since all of my country was in AAC I could never make him a cd.
So now,I burn all my AAC files and convert them to mp3 so I never have to ‘catch up’ should I someday decide I want a Zen or a Dell.

Lucky the shuffle came along and all is well.

I wish all these stores would settle on one,good format,compatible with all major brand players and let things like customer service,selection,quality of the hardware,etc win the war rather then these silly format/DRM games.
Sony has atrac,Apple AAC,and all the rest WMA. Funny,these are MP3 players yet no store sells mp3’s.

I will never be locked in to any one store or company. I will always convert my WMA and AAC files to mp3 so I have full choice over what player I want to use. 99% of the time I will choose Apple but one day I might like to try something else. 

Posted by CanofAir on February 18, 2005 at 2:09 PM (PDT)

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I agree, and I also burn all my stuff to CD after I buy from iTunes.  For one, just to make a backup, and two, so I can then put it on my main media server, which happens to be a Linux machine. 

I have an iPod, I mainly use iTunes, and I have an iMac too, but I still make sure to burn everything to CD and rip it to MP3 just so I can move the music files all around without restrictions.  I paid for it!  I want to use it how I want to.

Posted by m. sherman in Northern VA on February 18, 2005 at 2:23 PM (PDT)

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I heard mp3.com might start selling mp3 format downloads (unprotected). Theoretically they’d work on an iPod, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple found a way around it so they could continue their monopoly. Lol, eventually they’re just gonna stop supporting mp3s and just do AACs…Evil Apple.

Posted by catboy17 on February 18, 2005 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

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“I will never be locked in to any one store or company. I will always convert my WMA and AAC files to mp3 so I have full choice over what player I want to use. 99% of the time I will choose Apple but one day I might like to try something else.” - CanofAir

Do Microsoft’s Windows software count? Think about it my friend

Posted by hokka in Sydney on February 18, 2005 at 7:28 PM (PDT)

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“I heard mp3.com might start selling mp3 format downloads (unprotected). Theoretically they’d work on an iPod, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple found a way around it so they could continue their monopoly. Lol, eventually they’re just gonna stop supporting mp3s and just do AACs…Evil Apple.”
No, I think Sony’s far more likely to do that.

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on February 18, 2005 at 8:46 PM (PDT)

13

Sorry guys but I have I need some help with my itunes.I accidently cleared my “recently added” folder from itunes, could someone please tell me how to get that particular folder back!

Posted by crowpod on February 19, 2005 at 7:35 AM (PDT)

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“Do Microsoft’s Windows software count? Think about it my friend

By hokka on Feb 18, 05 8:28 pm”

How many other programs can I run on my windows box, and how many other OS’s can I run on my intel machine? But how many other OS’s can be run on a Mac?

I’m not sure what your point was, Hokka, other than a Mac/Windows troll…..

Posted by jimlat on February 19, 2005 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

15

People need to read what’s being said before commenting. 

“The plaintiffs allege that Apple failed to fully honor service contracts and warranties, didn’t get repair and service businesses properly licensed, stole trade secrets from its own resellers, and sold used computer equipment as new.”

I don’t see where in there there is anything iTunes related.  Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough.
(BTW, that quote is from the article sighted in the report itself)

Posted by Aitikin Kystinson on February 19, 2005 at 1:46 PM (PDT)

16

Keep in mind, it’s the top 100 MOBILE gadgets of all time.

Fishes,
narco.

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 19, 2005 at 6:56 PM (PDT)

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I had a Rio.  By the time I bought a custom case and an extra 64K card I had a fortune invested in the thing.  The controls barely worked, if at all, and the thing was junk.

Welcome to the bleeding edge of technoloy.  That player sucked and deserved no recognition.  IF it had worked as advertised that would be different.  It didn’t.  It soon became an expensive paperweight.

If you’re going to recognize technology of importance recognize something that worked as advertised.

Posted by glockster in U.S. on February 28, 2005 at 4:35 PM (PDT)

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“Apple PowerBook 100 is #1, there’s some fodder for another round of Mac vs. PC debates.”

No fodder here.  You think the Compaq suitcase of 1991 that weighed 35 pounds should be the first “portable” computer (with its 7 inch screen)?  The first true notebook or portable was clearly the PowerBook 100.  And I’ve got one that still works.

Posted by glockster in U.S. on February 28, 2005 at 4:53 PM (PDT)

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You think the Compaq suitcase of 1991 that weighed 35 pounds should be the first “portable” computer (with its 7 inch screen)

The first “portable” was the Osborne in 1981 and weighed 24 pounds.

The Macintosh Portable, released in 1989, weighed in at an impressive 17 pounds. It was Sony that shrank the Mac to a usable size, not Apple:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Portable
The PowerBook 100 is in fact a Mac Portable compressed into a small enclosure. Apple sent the Portable plans to Sony, who miniaturized the components and manufactured the PowerBook 100 for Apple.

Posted by Demosthenes on February 28, 2005 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

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