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Mix: Yahoo, Walkman phones, iPod personalities, Switchers

Yahoo plans to launch a new digital music store and player, aiming to compete more directly with Apple’s iTunes.

Avinesh Pillay, product manager at Sony Ericsson, says that his company’s new Walkman music phones and iPods are “complementary product categories”—the phones will “fill a spontaneous listening space” for times when you don’t have your iPod with you.

Apple’s Danika Cleary says that “people attribute all sorts of personalities to their iPods,” and has heard “lots of stories of people naming their iPods—Not just ‘Danika’s iPod,’ but ‘Bert and Ernie,’ for people who have multiple (iPods) in the family.” What’s your iPod’s name?

Apple.com is looking for consumers who bought a Mac after falling in love with their iPod.

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1

Sony said it perfectly, use their product when you can’t use your iPod.  You CANNOT compare the two, they are in different categories.  I say bravo Sony for not coming out attacking the iPod and saying their product is the “iPod killer.”

Posted by kornchild2002 on March 7, 2005 at 9:44 PM (CST)

2

well I doubt sony is going to be attacking apple. aren’t they hooking up and working on something?

Posted by Edson346 on March 7, 2005 at 11:46 PM (CST)

3

Well the only time I can’t use the iPod is when that *@#$%&‘n Batterie dies on me! Otherwise it’s always with me, even when it’s dead. Keeping it toped off usualy prevents that kind of thing happening. The new 850mAh Batterie that I orderd might help too…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 8, 2005 at 4:09 AM (CST)

4

Use a mobile phone when I can’t use my iPod? Isn’t it more likely that the opposite would be true - in the UK, there are many places where you’re not allowed to have a mobile phone switched on (libraries, hospitals, aeroplanes…). But you can use an iPod anywhere you like. And I do! :o)

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 8, 2005 at 9:00 AM (CST)

5

I would never use my cell phone as an mp3 player, but I would love to have mp3’s play as ringtones. In this case, AAC.

I think that white dude who took over Sony is already starting to make sense of the mess over there.

Fishes,
narco.

Posted by narco in Burbank on March 8, 2005 at 9:37 AM (CST)

6

Well the BIG SECRET to be the iPod killer is not to kill the iPod itself. That’s pointless and will never succed. To kill the iPod One needs to kill iTunes. So long as Creative, Sony at-al continue to use M$‘s crapy Media Player (if it wasn’t a good Video Player it would be totaly useles!), there will never be an iPod killer…

Perhaps the new head of Sony will figure it out. Between ATRAC3 or AAC-Fairplay DRM or WMA; Whats the difference? AAC Fairplay DRM is the flavor of the Month becuse that’s what Apple uses as the bases of there iTunes Software. And let’s be honest Apple wouldn’t sell to many iPod / Shuffles without there iTunes Software…

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on March 8, 2005 at 9:47 AM (CST)

7

I agree with Ichijoe on the fact that in order to gain some market against Apple is to offer a better product than iTunes. iPod + iTunes is so easy to use together, a 6 year can use it. Compare to other Mp3 players that use complex software to load songs.

Posted by yoelnino on March 10, 2005 at 11:46 AM (CST)

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