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Mix: iPod hack, Mac mini, TiVo, iRiver

“Computer enthusiasts have worked out how to reprogram Apple’s iPod music player with their own code using an ingenious acoustic trick,” reports New Scientist.

The Register speculates that Apple’s Mac mini was originally intended to feature an integrated iPod Dock.

Forrester Research analysts Josh Bernoff and Chris Charron suggest to Apple CEO Steve Jobs that he should buy TiVo.

South Korea’s Reigncom, maker of the iRiver line of MP3 players, took out ads in local newspapers yesterday, saying it’s the patriotic duty of citizens to buy Korean-made players.

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Regarding the the Tivo snippet – wouldn’t it be more cost effective (and a saavy marketing challenge) to buy ReplayTV and rebrand it?

Posted by Derek on March 2, 2005 at 12:20 PM (CST)


It depends on the outlay to rebrand ReplayTV.  It’s not as strong of a brand as Tivo—which has become synonomous with DVR. 

PLus, for any of it to work, Apple would want to do something to make it distinctly Apple.  That’s what they do with everything they come out with.

Posted by Gatsby003 on March 2, 2005 at 12:24 PM (CST)


Patriotic duty?!

Why don’t these other companies try to actually take note of what makes the iPod successful and work around that instead of this whole “waste our time/money attacking Apple in the media” strategy.

In the end it just makes them look like they’re begging for customers while reinforcing Apple’s image as the one company that comes off as using it’s time and marketing to actually cater to the interests of the consumers.

Apple didn’t take over the portable mp3 market by constantly bitching and moaning about all the other companies that were there before them.  But lately the only time I ever here about competing products anymore is when their complaining about Apple.

Posted by ACLeroK212 on March 2, 2005 at 12:34 PM (CST)


I think Apple was smart to cancel the built-in dock on the Mac Mini. It would have instantly made people think “this is just for iPod users” and limit the audience needlessly. It IS for iPod users—but not just for them.

Adding the dock back in once the Mini is established—or offering it as an option—might be nice.

Posted by Nagromme on March 2, 2005 at 12:56 PM (CST)


Linux-on-iPod is the coolest! Especially once color support is ready.

That piezo trick was clever too.

Posted by Nagromme on March 2, 2005 at 1:02 PM (CST)


Gatsby003, I guess that was my point. TiVo is indeed the market standard, as was Xerox with copier’s. But what if Apple were to bring consumer’s “iPlay”, a unit which converges DVR functions, video and iTunes streaming, and web browsing into a unit the size of a Mac Mini (which, in essence, can perform all these tasks already (with an external video card))

Posted by Derek on March 2, 2005 at 1:24 PM (CST)


Perhaps those ‘computer enthusiasts’ should use their powers to try to get chicks instead of putting Linux on an iPod.

Posted by mgbrown66 on March 2, 2005 at 3:00 PM (CST)


^^^ pffff, linux = instant chick magnet


Posted by ACLeroK212 on March 2, 2005 at 3:11 PM (CST)


linux on ipod FTW
flippin’ 17 yo kid… crazy.

Posted by Otsego_Undead on March 2, 2005 at 4:00 PM (CST)


In response to the iPod Linux story:

Posted by Bruisin' on March 2, 2005 at 4:41 PM (CST)


TV tuners built into Apple’s displays would be a cool idea…I know you can get an interface to use them as a TV but it would be much more convenient built in.  Then they could be used with a DVR or whatever (unfortunately I don’t have one and know nothing about how they work so forgive me if I sound like an idiot) and work with TiVo or with Apple’s own original i(insert witty name) solution.

Posted by iPodGirl on March 2, 2005 at 4:58 PM (CST)


the best thing iRiver’s ad department could think of was people bitting out of an apple, just look at the website


bunch of whiners…

Posted by ogvor on March 2, 2005 at 7:28 PM (CST)


I hope Apple doesn’t go anywhere near TiVo.  See, currently, TiVo actually SUPPORTS their older, original customers who made the comoany a household name.

Funny how that works.

Posted by stark23x on March 2, 2005 at 11:26 PM (CST)


I’m guessing you’re complaining because Apple doesn’t sell Firewire cables?

Because it turns out they do :)

Posted by Nagromme on March 3, 2005 at 12:34 AM (CST)


Uhh, no.  I don’t care about Firewire cables that much, although it *is* another example of Apple gouging people.

Posted by stark23x on March 3, 2005 at 1:01 AM (CST)


What would be nice is if Apple DID buy TiVo, it could be the start of the video iPod.

Think about it, record your favourite shows, digitally so it’s not losing quality, and then hook up your iPod to watch them on the move! I think Pace might have something like this already in the pipeline, for use with their DVR systems, but this could be the stepping stone needed to get a video iPod released.

That’s if Apple does buy TiVo though, which is unlikely :P

Posted by Azrael on March 3, 2005 at 4:34 AM (CST)


Apple won’t buy TiVo for the very reason   no one else will.  The fact is, the cable companies have got a built in market for DVR devices because they control the content, and the content, not the equipment (at least in this case) is what’s important.  The whole reason TiVo is doing horrible right now is that its hardware/software, though beautifuly done, is easy to copy or at least mimic.  I’m not saying that the cable/satellite companies’ offerings are better, but when the comsumer is given the choice of two boxes and bills vs. one box and bill, they’re going to chose one 9 times out of 10.

Posted by purplestallion on March 3, 2005 at 2:31 PM (CST)

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