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Mix: shuffle sunglasses, Rave awards, shuffle jewelry, iRiver

pic Engadget has created a do-it-yourself pair of iPod shuffle sunglasses that are reminiscent of the Oakley Thump MP3 player sunglasses.

The Apple industrial design team has been nominated in the sixth annual Wired Rave awards for its work on the iPod shuffle and iMac G5. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is nominated in the Business Leader category.

Elizabeth Hitchcock of iPodJewelry.com has unveiled her first creation for the iPod shuffle. The design uses freshwater pearl and wire. Pricing is not yet available.

Following similar comments by Creative’s CEO, the chief executive of iRiver says he is surprised by features of the iPod shuffle and that it’s “not a competitor to an iRiver product because we have more features and focus on the premium area.”

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1

Creative, Dell and now iRiver have dismissed Apple.  Are they in the know?  Did Apple miss the mark?  Personally I don’t think so, but it seems strange to have all these companies being so vocal.

Posted by quadraphonic in alberta | canada on January 18, 2005 at 1:11 PM (CST)

2

Personally, I like the Shuffle glasses! 

Nothing says “geek” more than strapping on a pair of bus windows with and electronic gadget taped on the side.  Yeah, baby! grrrr…

Posted by Obadiah on January 18, 2005 at 1:20 PM (CST)

3

the ipod has never been feature rich.  i think the main reason the shuffle doesnt compete with iriver players is price. 

lowest end iriver 128MB: $99
ipod shuffle 512MB: $99

or lets look at the 1gb

iriver: $249
shuffle: $149

hmmmmm

Posted by zip22 on January 18, 2005 at 1:27 PM (CST)

4

It will be very difficult for users to look for and find their favorite songs,” he added.
Fuckwit. That’s why there is a shuffle and autofill feature, so that the selection is random. Why else would it be named iPod shuffle? All competitors like Dell and Creative bitch constantly about how their product has “more features” and “better interface.”

Posted by Mahzorim iPod in Wildwood on January 18, 2005 at 1:37 PM (CST)

5

Heh the lack of screen due to cost-cutting is now a “feature”.  Clearly, Apple’s marketing messages work on the sheep.

Posted by MeshKent on January 18, 2005 at 2:40 PM (CST)

6

Of course they’re being vocal—they’re trying to save their businesses.

The question is, do any of these features matter? Apple’s good at cutting features to simplify and focus a product. The iPod doesn’t provide a file browser interface. iTunes provides one simple file organization and naming scheme rather than being configurable, etc.

The question is, do these features (voice recording, WMA support, screen) matter? Or would you rather have iTunes integration, AAC support, style, and more capacity for your money?

Apple’s voting on the latter. They got it right with me.

Posted by mattwardfh in Texas on January 18, 2005 at 3:04 PM (CST)

7

What kind of dumb sheep are you people? (well most of you who read this website anyway.) It’s pretty clear that Apple was to stupid to integrade a screen in this peace of usb-stick-crap. So they thought of a “smart” way to make people buy the fact that it’s hard as hell to find that one favourite song. Well lets just give this stupid, out-dated dork-machine a shuffle function to pretent we’ve thought this product out and together with the iPod-brand this stupid things will be sold like cakes and we’ll get ritch over some stupid machine that’s not worth it’s money. HOW DUMB ARE YOU PEOPLE TO BUY THING BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by IkBenStevey in Netherlands on January 18, 2005 at 4:04 PM (CST)

8

the shuffle is actually not that hard to use if you want t otfind speciflc song then go for a mini and had they put a screen on it they would have signed a death surtifcate for all other ipods

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 18, 2005 at 4:18 PM (CST)

9

“In a sense it’s not a competitor to an iRiver product because we have more features and focus on the premium area,” he said. “Maybe there is a certain group of users who don’t care about searching (for songs) and displays. Apple may replace the products low-end users are using but for (listeners who are) a little bit serious, this group won’t like this type of product.”   

well apple has adrresed the issue of the “premium” market a year ago with the mini duh it is suposed to go after the lower end of the market and if it goes after you than that is a bonus ;}

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 18, 2005 at 4:25 PM (CST)

10

IkBenStevey.. you can still drag and drop songs into the shuffle.  I think it’s a little short-sighted of you to call people ‘dumb’ for buying it.  I have an iPod that serves most of my needs, and this shuffle is perfect for things I wouldn’t use it for, like working out.  I don’t need a screen, FM tuner, or any other gadgets for that.  Will this eat up the competition in the flash-based market?  We’ll see at MacWorld ‘06.

Personally, I see the flash-based player market as a cluster of clones.  The iPodshuffle, while limited in features, stands on it own.  Sure, it’s primarily due to design.  But with the price, the simplicity, and iTunes integration, its perfect for me and for many other consumers as well.

Posted by quadraphonic in alberta | canada on January 18, 2005 at 4:26 PM (CST)

11

A free iPod to anyone who can tell me in which language “IkBenStevey” is an anagram of “Creative CEO”...

If the iPod shuffle is so desperately inferior to other products in the same class and price range, then surely the sales figures will ultimately this to be the case.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time”.

Posted by Bren on January 18, 2005 at 4:28 PM (CST)

12

IkBenStevey thinks EVERYONE should pay more and get a bulkier player. Anything else is “dumb” :)

“Dumb” like a CEO who keeps announcing competitors products to the world.

Posted by Nagromme on January 18, 2005 at 4:36 PM (CST)

13

Yes, and some of us clearly are not fooled by Apple’s “look it’s an iPod, you KNOW you want one!” shtick.

Posted by MeshKent on January 18, 2005 at 4:38 PM (CST)

14

BTW, those other flash players (Dell, Creaive, iRiver) wouldn’t play Audibooks last I checked. How’s THAT for a basic feature missing? :) iPod Shuffle will play them.

Posted by Nagromme on January 18, 2005 at 4:38 PM (CST)

15

I had an iriver 512mb. Great sound but: They cram about 10 ‘features’ into 3 buttons,you want to listen to the radio and youend up recording,or you want to set your EQ and you end up with the radio. Plus,while rivers are very well made they are ugly. The screen is overrated. It’ so small and crammed with info that it gives you a headache trying to read it. I’m sure Apple with make a 2GB shuffle next year and with that many songs will find a way to add a screen.

Posted by CanofAir on January 18, 2005 at 4:50 PM (CST)

16

“The question is, do these features (voice recording, WMA support, screen) matter?”

Of course those features don’t matter.  If they did, the iPod wouldn’t have the market share it now enjoys.  Also, there wouldn’t be the incredible iPod economy to which Mr. Jobs always refers.

Judging from Apple’s runaway success, I would say that it’s the other guys that need to cover their a**es.  Talk is cheap.

Posted by Quoth_the_Raven in Herndon, VA on January 18, 2005 at 5:04 PM (CST)

17

@MeshKent

Clearly, you’re not an iPod fan, so why do you find it necessary to hang out here spouting your mindless drivel?  There’s gotta be a wankerslounge.com or somesuch place where you would feel right at home.

Posted by Quoth_the_Raven in Herndon, VA on January 18, 2005 at 5:09 PM (CST)

18

“not a competitor to an iRiver product because we have more features and focus on the premium area.”


A more premium area that Apple is killing you at. However, creative is correct in their statement. They were unable to make a well received flash player in the first place. It may be old news, but there is still a market for it. Apple is releasing one late in the game , but they do is so nicely, and CHEAP!

Posted by intern_mike in Orlando on January 18, 2005 at 5:22 PM (CST)

19

I had to register just to respond to this.

1)They dont see the shuffle compteting with the iRiver.  It doesnt have to!  they seem to forget they already have the ipod and ipod mini which covers everything (includingn the iriver) except the cheap flash players.

2)About Apple selling us the “lack of a feature”, so what?  so what if it doesnt have a screen?  i am getting a shuffle and its not because Apple told me i don’t need a screen.  I’m buying one becuase i have my 20GB to pick any song i own.  When i’m snowboarding, I can’t look at a screen anyway, and plenty of people listen to their music shuffled anyway.  There are two (2) other reason why i’m getting a shuffle and not something else.  Price and AAC support.  everything else that is 512MB is $200

Posted by OGLoch in Chicago on January 18, 2005 at 5:53 PM (CST)

20

Re:  iPod sunglasses

That’s pretty much the stupidest thing i’ve *ever* seen.  What a dork.

Posted by petro on January 18, 2005 at 8:58 PM (CST)

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