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Mix: Sopranos, Podfitness, SanDisk, Denon

While it still doesn’t sell its shows on iTunes, HBO has added free video podcasts to promote the sixth season of The Sopranos. The podcasts feature cast interviews and other behind-the-scenes content.

Podfitness will soon offer individualized personal training sessions for iPods. “Using patent pending technology, Podfitness allows you to select a world class trainer and choose your own music to get a personalized audio workout on your MP3 player or iPod.”

SanDisk CEO Eli Harari claims his company’s new Sansa e200 MP3 player is better than the iPod nano: “We feel it’s far better designed than Apple’s Nano… Sansa is priced attractively and has many more features than the Nano. You can view pictures and videos on our unit. We have FM radio, voice recording, a slot to add extra memory from a card, and a removable battery. The Nano doesn’t have those.”

Speaking to T3 magazine, a Denon representative dismissed iPod speaker systems, saying: “These are all just overgrown boom boxes and they only work with iPod. For about £320 you can buy one of our brilliant mini Hi-Fi systems and a Denon iPod dock.”

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1

“SanDisk CEO Eli Harari says his company’s new Sansa e200 MP3 player is better than the iPod nano”

... ok, as opposed to him saying that the iPod is better?  This piece was in USA Today, too, which means it’s pretty much a fluff piece of marketing.

Posted by m.sherman on March 13, 2006 at 9:48 AM (CST)

2

The iPod isn’t the best DAP out there. It’s just the easiest to use.

But they don’t seem to understand that it isn’t JUST the iPod. It’s the whole iPod/iTunes package that puts the iPod on the top of the pile.

So even if they DID come up with a new DAP with features coming out of the wazoo, unless they can match the whole iPod/iTunes ease of use and seamless integration, they won’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.

Posted by ahMEmon on March 13, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CST)

3

Sure the sandisk e200 is a better player. There are tons of players that have better specs than the ipod. That hasn’t meant anything in the past and means nothing now.

Until they come up with some good software they can kiss any chance of getting customers from Apple. WMP is horrible. Why ould anyone use that after using itunes? Technology is here to make our lives easier. Going from itunes to WMP is like going from driving a car to taking a bus. Sure they both get you where you need to go, but one just doesn’t easier.

Posted by Glorybox3737 on March 13, 2006 at 11:28 AM (CST)

4

The Denon representative doesn’t understand the appeal of not having any cables (actually, he probably does, but what else is he going to say). Also, I’m curious—how many people with iPods still want/need a CD player? I’ve always liked Denon, but I think we’re going to see more speaker systems going forward and fewer mini stereos.

Posted by Rockr on March 13, 2006 at 4:51 PM (CST)

5

Have you guys seen the Denon dock though?  It looks REALLY nice.

dapreviewnet/e107_images/newspost_images/denon_ipoddock1.jpg

dapreviewnet/e107_images/newspost_images/denon_ipoddock2.jpg

(add periods after the word dapreview and before net)
Proper RCA jacks and an S-Video out.

Posted by kevin on March 13, 2006 at 6:36 PM (CST)

6

Even Denon pandering to the typically lossy iPod…how low can we ultimately go? (Okay, I admit it looks like it’s done right, but geez…)

Almost makes me want to sell my DVD-3910. Almost.

Posted by flatline response on March 14, 2006 at 1:51 AM (CST)

7

I’ve read up on the e200 series, especially the 6GB e270; it sure shapes up as a VERY nice piece indeed. SanDisk has been very surprising of late; they’ve certainly moved quickly up in capturing huge chunks of the non-iPod part of the marketplace. It’s that 78% that Apple holds of the overall that’s the real bugger, however. But at least SanDisk never has to worry about their flash memory supplier selling their chips to another competitor first.

I have to admit the e270 is really tempting, particularly that relatively huge screen and having integrated FM once again, something I really miss when I retired my iRivers…IF I was still using MP3 and/or non-DRM WMA, that is.

Posted by flatline response on March 14, 2006 at 2:01 AM (CST)

8

I’ve been saying this for several weeks now.  Ever since news came of Sandisk’s upcoming Sansa audio players, I hoped Apple would realize and release a larger capacity Nano.  We all know how Apple likes to release better products than the competition earlier than them.  I thought they would even do this as early as the “event” on the 28th.  Now that Sandisk is #2, Apple better get on track and make a good showing for their anniversary next month.  Some people are saying it doesn’t matter if Sandisk is #2, that’s still nowhere near as close as Apple, but you never know.  Tge Sandisk players have many nice features that Apple owner’s have been waiting for, and I’ve already seen many on the boards who have said they will purchase one.  Come on Steve, 8GB…

Posted by Sean on March 14, 2006 at 4:50 AM (CST)

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