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PocketPC iPod emulator removed from website

Software developers, StartBrite Solutions after being pressured by Apple’s legal department have removed the pPod/pBop iPod emulator software for PocketPC PDAs from its website. “Due to legal pressure from Apple we are no longer able to distribute this application. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

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Ha! Ha! Way to go Apple! It’s nice to now that you guys did your legal homework! Show these posers what intellectual property means!

Posted by Stylescraper in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 12:25 PM (CST)


Well, whether it was “legal” or not, the thing I’m wondering is…

given Apple’s track record & team of rabid lawyers…

what nitwit at StarBrite thought this would be a good idea in the first place?

“Gee Timmy, that dog on the Johnson’s yard has vicously attacked every single person that ever walked by their house.”

“Wow, you’re right Bobby…. I wonder if it will attack me…”

Posted by Radd Berkheiser in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 12:34 PM (CST)


Lighten up, Apple!  It was a fun little program that was no real threat to your market share.

But, I guess digital music is big business and everyone is scared of the competition no matter how small they start out.

Posted by BigSid in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 12:45 PM (CST)


I saw the earlier thread - you can get iPod skins for WInamp, Media Center, and other wostwares.

Does this mean Apple will be suing everyone who makes an iPod or an iTunes skin for their software?

Good luck with that, they’ll need it!

Posted by Skins in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 1:00 PM (CST)


I don’t think Apple has much choice by law—they are required to defend their intellectual property or else lose it. I don’t know how that applies to free stuff, though.

Posted by Nagromme in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 1:05 PM (CST)


This wasn’t merely an iPod skin, it was a piece of software mirroring the iPod’s functionality and appearance…being sold for $20 on top of that!  It’s probably going to be the easiest lawsuit Apple files all year…

Posted by Ryan in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 1:59 PM (CST)


HUGE difference between a skin and an actual application.

Posted by Chris in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CST)


Have you seen someof these skins? Some of them mimic the iPod or iTunes at least as well the pPod.

I think their main vulnerability was trying to charge for it!

Posted by Skins in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 2:55 PM (CST)


Serves them right the idiots, did they really think they were going to get away with it? And with a name like pPod!

Posted by Nuke666 in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 3:59 PM (CST)


what win-amp skin? i want examples!

Posted by djbetamasta in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 6:00 PM (CST)



Do you own Apple stock?

Posted by BigSid in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 6:20 PM (CST)


Yes, the developers made the fatal mistake of selling the software and thus Apple could sue for damages under tort laws.

The specific intentional tort that exists in this situation is “Palming off” in which the developers of pPod misrepresented its product as a product of Apple: this was obviously shown with the initial naming of the software which was later changed to bPoP or something obscure.

The misrepresentation to consumers would be based on similarities and imitating Apple’s iPod. This is obvious with the blatant use of the iPod’s design Apple could sue for damages.

Although I bet Apple would play it nice and easy and just request an injunction agaisnt the sale of the software. 

Also possible damages could occur if the software support is horrible which could look bad on behalf of Apple’s iPod.

Look, just think of it this way. Stop being a techno-geek and become a reasonable person. Now ask yourself-would a reasonable person look at an Ipaq with an iPod skin taking up the whole screen and ask, “Whoa, how did you get an iPod on your Ipaq?”

This is a serious matter so the select few who think Apple is being paranoid obviously have no interests in the practice of business and business law. I rest my case.

Posted by bakakaka in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 8:28 PM (CST)


I’m glad I bought a copy before it was killed.  It’s an interesting conversation piece with other PPC geeks.

Posted by stark23x in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 9:02 PM (CST)


What’s the point of it anyway? The iPod was intended to be a limited interface, with obvious shortcomings (inability to create playlists not attached to a computer, etc)

The PocketPC has much more potential as far as interface goes, as it has a color touchscreen that is much larger. Thus, it was pointless in the first place to duplicate the iPod interface when its two major features: storage space and asthetics were absent.

Posted by Sraphim in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2004 at 10:30 PM (CST)


To me, it had no point…it was just an interesting excercise.

I do use it to play audio from my PPC, though.  It just feels familiar.

Posted by stark23x in Irvine, CA on March 16, 2004 at 1:33 AM (CST)


IS APPLE now the MAN keeping us down?  will they contribute to the presedential race?

ho hum.

Posted by storrNYC in Irvine, CA on March 16, 2004 at 6:30 AM (CST)


I saw no point in this product.  Many people who purchase a pocket PC will find out that utilizing solely as an mp3 player is just stupid.  The Windows Media Player that is built into the OS works fine.  I have the iPod and Pocket PC, I would rather use the Pocket PC for its word document, excel, video playback, and organizational functions and keep the iPod for my music library.  storrNYC sorry but we are not in an a time period where Apple is considered our friend and IBM is evil.  If you invented a wonderful gadget like the iPod then you would want to keep it yours and not let some nerd in his parents basement come up with some stupid software app and then reep all the benefits.  Apple is not keeping us down, they have given us so much in digital audio and video.  I think it is a petty comment.  ho hum!

Posted by jicken in Irvine, CA on March 16, 2004 at 9:24 AM (CST)


if a product is so damn fantastic dont hide it behind closed barriers.  open it up to let the consumer decide.  ho hum hum

Posted by storrNYC in Irvine, CA on March 16, 2004 at 9:28 AM (CST)


not only do you need a good dose of common sense but you also need to take some courses in economics. any spots left at the local community college?

Posted by stonedNYC in Irvine, CA on March 17, 2004 at 10:52 PM (CST)


my point is alluding to the fact that long term growth in the digital music market will increase exponentially when barriers cease to exist(file formats etc).  apple and windows short term gain of the market stifles the long term objectivity of the cause.

before i tried to make my point in humour.

Posted by storrNYC in Irvine, CA on March 18, 2004 at 11:31 AM (CST)

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