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Mix: Napster, Marlboro, iValentine, Creative

Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post says the Napster To Go service is “less like a service that allows you to pay to get new music and more like one that forces you to pay to keep your existing music.”

An eBay member is selling a Marlboro Lights iPod case. “Two or more cigarettes hold the player so you can listen and smoke when out and about,” says the creator.

The Toronto Star reports that many people this year are hoping to receive an iPod shuffle for Valentine’s Day.

Discussing Apple’s iPod shuffle, Creative Technologies’ outspoken CEO Sim Wong Hoo recently stated: “You can say it’s cool; I say it’s plain-Jane.”

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Linking to news sites that require registration makes me sad.

The Creative CEO needs to learn to stop talking about competitors.  All it does is make him look like a whining idiot, and give more credibility to Apple.  He’s just pathetic in saying “but we had the MP3 player first, waaaaah!”.

Posted by m. sherman on February 14, 2005 at 8:00 AM (CST)


The marlboro case is not a good idea, no offense to smokers (my grandma is one) but smoke and electronics don’t mix.

The creative story is posted where?  At the MSN news cite.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Creative was on top, they lost it.  When will they realise that battery life is not the only thing that people are looking for.  Stop copying the iPod (Zen Touch) and start coming up with innovative.  I he spent as much time as he does bashing iPod he would have a nice player.

Posted by kornchild2002 on February 14, 2005 at 8:22 AM (CST)


Seems like that link to the Marlboro case is gone… somebody at Marlboro must have gotten wind of their name and product being used without their consent. LOL!

And all I want for Valentine’s Day is some guilt-free sex- and that won’t cost anybody a dime! Keep the Shuffle and give me the booty because I’ve already got an iPod. LOL!

(Just kidding!)

Posted by FallN on February 14, 2005 at 8:35 AM (CST)


The “Marlboro Lights iPod case” link has a small typo…  should be .html instead of .htm

BTW, One of my friends got a iPod mini (blue) as a valentines day gift from his wife. 

Looks like this could be the cool gift this year for the one you love!

My friend’s wife noted that she didn’t realise just how popular the iPod was as a gift for this valentines day…  there was a line out the door at the Apple store where she shopped this weekend.

Both guys and girls were buying iPod Mini’s and regular iPod’s for their significant others…  (iPod shuffle’s were not even available!)

Posted by me101 on February 14, 2005 at 9:02 AM (CST)


This creative guy is really getting on my nerves. The only company that can kill the iPod is…..Apple. Only when Apple gets lazy,sloppy and comfortable will it hurt the ipod. I admit the zen touch is kinda cool looking and the new 5GB iriver is very impressive but in the end the ipod is still the one. No company will kill the ipod so long as Apple stays focused and continues to move ahead.
The shuffle rocks because it is simple and to the point. The shuffle is ‘plain’ in part so to allow growth in future generations. 2G will offer 2GB’s of space,3G a FM tuner,4G a 30 hour battery,etc.  What company puts all of its eggs (features) in a first generation product (basket)? Even if the technology allows for it?

Posted by CanofAir on February 14, 2005 at 10:58 AM (CST)


“The Creative CEO needs to learn to stop talking about competitors.”

to be fair, he was asked by the reporter, so he had to respond. I agree though, he needs to learn to be more tactful. His arrogance comes off as an over-compensation for some shortcomings.

Posted by Nipith on February 14, 2005 at 11:33 AM (CST)


A dozen roses and an shuffle for my girlfriend for v-day. Who the hell came up with this horrible holiday anyway?

Posted by Goodlovin on February 14, 2005 at 11:54 AM (CST)


Creative lost the plot when it fired all its Scotts Valley designers (who created the early Zens) and they decamped en-masse 30 minutes up 101 to join Apple, a company that knows a good bunch when it sees them. Their color-happy influence led to the iPod mini! So now all of Creative’s design is being sourced from Singapore, which is fine for the Asian market but does leave a little disconnect when it tries to come up with US-specific models.

Posted by Demosthenes on February 14, 2005 at 3:30 PM (CST)


I dunno what you would want the shuffle to have more capacity in succeeding generations.  There becomes a point of diminishing returns especially when you cannot choose what song you will play.  It strikes me that ever 1GB is on the high end of space for a solution that only selects randomized music.

Posted by NeoteriX on February 14, 2005 at 3:31 PM (CST)


Sim Wong Hoo: Sum Ting Wong?

Posted by wrbonfield on February 14, 2005 at 4:01 PM (CST)


Check out this alledged “news”:

“Napster again revolutionizes digital music by offering a service that allows music purchased on a monthly subscription to be played on a portable mp3 player. Imagine bieng able to fill an iPod for $15 instead of $10,000 on iTunes…

Since Sean Fanning changed the music industry from his college dorm room, Napster has had an affinity among mp3 downloaders that iTunes, Musicmatch, Real Rhapsody and other digital music purveyors have never enjoyed. And with its groundbreaking superbowl commercial, Napster again turns the music world on its head.

Napster took on music giant Apple, which had gained control of the paid music space through the popularity of its iPod mp3 player and iTunes. But iTunes was expensive, at $0.99 per song—especially in relation to the player. It would cost $10,000 to fill an iPod with songs downloaded legally from iTunes….”

Revolution…?!? Fill an iPod for $15..?!? Groundbreaking Superbowl Ad…!?! What the…?!?

From the fine reporters at the “Prudent Press Agency”:


Posted by MonkeyStyle on February 14, 2005 at 4:13 PM (CST)


Renting music. Yes, that’s the next big thing.

Posted by Joshdude on February 14, 2005 at 5:39 PM (CST)


Yeah, pretty brutal, eh?

This is my favourite part:

“And with its groundbreaking superbowl commercial, Napster again turns the music world on its head.”

...although this is a close second:

“For power downloaders—or anyone who downloads more than 15 songs a month or 180 songs a year—Napster is the only way to go. This is DRM done right; it protects the artists and gives freedom to the buyer.

Posted by MonkeyStyle on February 14, 2005 at 6:30 PM (CST)

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