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Rumored iPod Flash Leaked

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the believe-it-when-you-see-it dept.

Media (Apple) 511

An anonymous reader writes "Apparently a -->detailed design of the new Flash-based iPod--> has been leaked. It doesn't have a screen and is this size of a cookie!" With size estimates ranging from 256 megs to a gig, it will have a much lower price point, and can be worn around your neck. Assuming it's not just a rumor. Update: 12/07 19:31 GMT by M : Temporary working link.

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Cookie (1, Funny)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019748)

What flavor cookie though ? Those BW cookies can be pretty big.

Re:Cookie (1)

nyc_paladin (534862) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019865)

The article did mention that the size would be comparable to a Milano cookie.

Re:Cookie (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019985)

Another proprietary standard in the Corporate marketplace; clearly an exclusivity deal between Apple and Pepperidge Farm. What follows will be 4 years of "Mint iPod", "Orange iPod" and eventually, "Double Chocolate iPod" and "Enrobed iPod".

The open source community must respond quickly to this threat in its inimical global fashion. An open standard for digital music players must be started based on the Danish butter cookie, or, "dansk-be/urrhoekkoe/n" standards. There is enough community-based prior art on this one, that we should stand our ground.

I will be the first in line for a "3 sugar pretzel"-sized music player, as long as I don't have to whack it against a desk (crumble the cookie) to get it to work.

Re:Cookie (4, Funny)

MooseByte (751829) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020010)


"the size would be comparable to a Milano cookie"

Glad to hear it. My first thought was one of those giant oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies they sell at cafes.

Walking around with that on my neck like some weird Vanilla Ice retro-puke with my plate-sized bling bling, with my "Go Away Or I Will Replace You With a Small Perl Script" t-shirt.

Sexist (0, Troll)

Feminist-Mom (816033) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019893)

From the article:

"....with an interface so simple your grandmother could use it."

As a 48 yo grandmother and feminist I am offended. Why don't they say a grandfather could use it ? Go ahead, mod me down....

Re:Sexist (3, Funny)

jbrw (520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019976)

Maybe it's too complicated for a grandfather to use?

Re:Sexist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020028)

If I had mod points I would mod you down. Its an expression GET OVER IT. Its people like you who over-react to every damn thing is what is wrong with this country.

Re:Sexist (1)

bravehamster (44836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020038)

It doesn't say *you* it says *your* grandmother. So could your grandmother use it?

And if you really are offended by that, I have nothing but pity for you, because you must go through life constantly pissed off at nothing.

Re:Sexist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020142)

It doesn't say *you* it says *your* grandmother. So could your grandmother use it?

But what if your grandmother read TFA and started wondering if her grandmother could use it? And what about *her* grandmother? Could your grandmother's grandmother's grandmother use it? Besides, that leaves out every second generation!

I think I'm not going to sleep the following night.

Re:Sexist (2, Informative)

b-baggins (610215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020063)

Lighten up and learn to laugh. You'll be happier. Trust me.

Re:Sexist (1)

cetan (61150) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020080)

I'm offended by your lack of intelligence. Do I get a prize?

Re:Sexist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020114)

Yes. The price is for lack of intelligence.

Re:Cookie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020015)

Probably something similar to what is being sold today on www.woot.com

A cookie? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019749)

Can I have a web browser with that?

Moo. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019750)

FP.

*Phew* (2, Funny)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019751)

Just for a second I thought: "Why the fuck would Apple want to put Flash on an iPod?" Then I realised they mean the memory technology and not the annoying product from Macromedia.

Re:*Phew* (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019825)

"from the well-thats-not-very-exciting dept."
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame [slashdot.org] .

Re:*Phew* (5, Funny)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019954)

LOL - from the people who won't follow your link:

Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday October 23, @12:20PM
from the well-thats-not-very-exciting dept.
The BrownFury writes "At an invitation only event Apple has released their new MP3 player called the iPod. iPod is the size of a deck of cards. 2.4" wide by 4" tall by .78" thick 6.5 ounces. 5 GB HDD, 10 hr battery life, charged via FireWire. Works as a firewire drive as well. Works in conjunctions with iTunes 2. Here are Live updates". No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

Good call Taco!

Re:*Phew* (1)

shrykk (747039) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019843)

Heh heh, slightly less stupid than me. I imagined a flash gun and thought "but the iPod doesn't have a camera."

Time for coffee, I think...

You're not the only one (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019952)

"The new ones have colour screens, so it COULD happen... but Flash?! Then they'd need a touchscr... Oh, 256 mb flash, I get it."

Didn't last long. (1, Informative)

ActionPlant (721843) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019753)

I'm inclined to think rumor, but that might be because the site slashdotted at the first inclination that actual traffic MIGHT be on its way.

Do you ever wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020096)

If maybe some of these links just don't exist? Think about it. If CmdrTaco felt like it he could just make up an imaginary anonymous submitter submitting an imaginary rumor backed by an imaginary leaked image on an imaginary website that doesn't load. Then he posts this all and links the nontexistent image as backup. Thousands of slashdotters see this and while they'd just go "oh more apple rumors" normally, they think "oh! well if there's a leaked image, this is probably for real!" Never mind neither they or anyone else has seen the image-- they just assume it's because the website hosting the image got "slashdotted".

Of course this is just silly hypothetical speculation, proposed because it's amusing to consider that this is *possible*; there's nothing to suggest this is happening in reality, and no logical or reasonable reason why Mr. Taco would want to do this.

Unless, of course, CmdrTaco happens to own Apple stock...

Old people already have'em (0, Offtopic)

essreenim (647659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019754)

..in South Korea, a-boom-tish!

Zero Posts... (0, Offtopic)

AntiGenX (589768) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019755)

Zero Posts and it's already slashdot'd... so sad

Re:Zero Posts... (1)

ravenspear (756059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019977)

Well, that site is run by a bunch of teens. What did you expect, that they would actually be able to afford bandwidth or something?

Slashdotted? (0, Offtopic)

Savant-Ben (829204) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019757)

Slashdotted with no comments?

Wow

Re:Slashdotted? (1, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019796)

it's an indication that slashdot has a LOT of subscribers who saw the article early and pre-slashdotted the site for us.

Re:Slashdotted? (0)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019969)

Does not your comment negate your comment?

/. fp (-1, Offtopic)

diqmay (773248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019765)

slashdotted before the first post, guess I can't say anything insightful but feel free to tell me to RTFA

Diq

One way to find out (4, Interesting)

macrom (537566) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019766)

If Apple files a Cease & Desist order, then maybe there's some truth to it. I doubt they would waste that time for a simple fanboi dream.

Daring Fireball covered this (4, Informative)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019771)

And I think gave a good argument why it isn't likely:

Here [daringfireball.net]

Re:Daring Fireball covered this (1)

siliconcenturion (134304) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019862)

its not completely unlikely, it may just be another vain attempt to saturate the market with iTunes rather than the actual MP3 hardware deliver method itself

Re:Daring Fireball covered this (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020069)

His opinion is largely based on dismissing the idea of a separate market for flash-based mp3 players but he fails to fully consider that you can not jog or run with a hard-drive mp3 player, which is the primary reason I am looking to compliment my Nomad Zen with something flash-based. I would argue that there clearly is a separate market for flash-based players.

Whast about the IPod ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019774)

Wonder when they will have the IPod design out !

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019777)

first!

hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019778)

hi :)

Slashdotted (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019785)

No comments yet and it has already been slashdotted!!!

Apple should write a check to slash dot (1)

tallbill (819601) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019786)

Because they use this forum so often to plug their products.

Re:Apple should write a check to slash dot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019930)

Witty, articulate, and insightful. What a shame your post was none of these.

I want one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019788)

Just more style, then the other mp3 players, and style sells.

True purpose of the flash iPod (3, Insightful)

levik (52444) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019798)

At a low low price of $200, Apple's main goal for the flash player will be to make its slightly bigger and slightly more expensive players (the mini at $250 and the full size at $300) seem like very well priced bargains.

Re:True purpose of the flash iPod (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019999)

Except that the article said that the entry-level price would be $99.

Otherwise, I agree with you.

Better place to wear your player (3, Interesting)

MichaelCrawford (610140) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019800)

There's a number of people who go to the same gym that I do that wear their mp3 players on armbands. It seems to work really well when working out vigorously. It's held securely and you don't need a long earphone cord.

RCA is one brand that apparently comes with the armbands, but I see some others whose brand I don't know.

Re:Better place to wear your player (1)

fuck nwbvt (836920) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019984)

You mean like everyone already does with their iPod Mini [whiningdog.net] ? Stroll around Central Park for ten minutes and you can't help but see dozens of joggers with these things around their arms.

I agree--I don't see that wearing one as a necklace would be a benefit.

Re:Better place to wear your player (2, Informative)

quinxy (788909) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020047)

While not meaning to sound like a commercial, I'm really liking the one I recently got, a 1 GB MPIO FL300 [mpio.com] . It's tiny, just a bit bigger than a butter patty. It includes (depending on where you get it) a necklace strap, as well as an armband thing, both of which are great for the gym. $199 for the 1 GB model, $129 for the 256 GB model. Anyway, that's my plug...

Re:Better place to wear your player (1)

buttersnout (832768) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020067)

Indeed. Very common. Apple, in fact sells its own arm bands for the ipod mini.

Re:Better place to wear your player (1)

old_and_gray (837002) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020140)

The iRiver fp799 is a 1GB player with fm tuner that comes with a neck band and arm band. Uses one AA battery. Plays Ogg Vorbis also - should be able to find between $200 and $250. I have one - I highly recommend.

What's the point? (4, Interesting)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019813)

The only thing that Apple could really bring to the table in this department is firewire, which really doesn't matter at these small sizes. There are already SO many flash players out there (some which are downright tiny), and without a screen, I don't see the point. That is of course, if this is true...

Re:What's the point? (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019899)

The only thing that Apple could really bring to the table in this department is firewire

They would also bring iTMS compatibility, allowing playback of Fairplay'd AAC files.

Cheers,
Ian

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019918)

The point is that this is the only flash-based player that will work with the iTunes jukebox software and the iTunes Music Store.

Re:What's the point? (3, Insightful)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019970)

I'm pretty sure someone else mentioned this. The point is that with a flash/nvram based player, it's immune to shock. People who work out at the gym, jog, bicycle, whathaveyou can't really use an iPod (at least for long) because of the constant shock the hard drive would be subjected to during operation. Idle with the disk parked it's pretty invulnerable. Playing music, and you are asking for a head crash if you bang it, or try jumping jacks or step aerobics.

When you are working out you really don't want the screen, and you only need an hour or two of music.

Re:What's the point? (1)

Swedentom (670978) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020085)

iPod only reads from the hard drive a short moment, loading several songs into memory, and then spinning down the hard drive again while playing for 20 minutes. iPod works great for most activities.

Re:What's the point? (4, Insightful)

teeker (623861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019982)

It would tighten their lock on their iTunes business. I can't really afford a real iPod, but I could probably afford one of these. If it worked with iTunes, it could be enough to pull sales from other cheaper players. I'd like to buy a cheaper player, but I really like iTunes and have a lot of music purchased through them, so ideally it'd be something that would work with the music I already have without having to burn and re-rip, or use tool with dubious legal status like HYMN to remove their protection. It would be useful for Apple to have an inexpensive alternative that is compatible.

Just my $.02...

Re:What's the point? (4, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020064)

Brand Name.
Having an Apple iPod name. There are a lot of people where brand name is everything Where having Nike Sneakers is much more important then having Rebocks. So a lot of people will buy the Cookie Ipod because it is called an iPod not a cheap ripoff of the iPod but an iPod. It is like the Sony Walkman back in the 80s people bought Walkmans because of the name Walkman and they knew that they were getting a Walkman. The name is connected to the device. When kids see a person with a MP3 player they will call it an iPod.

Just like...
Xerox for copiers
Weed Eater for Trimmers
Transformers for toys that turn into robots.

Some people get it for a Snob factor just to say they have one to be hip. Others get it because it is a name they know and dont know the difference. So if you go to your Grandma and ask for an iPod for christmas you will get something with iPod in it like iPod Mini, origional, or the Cookie iPod. There is money to be made when you got the name behind you.

Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019821)

I love the smell of Slashdottings in the morning. Or at around noon, as the case may be.

like wtf? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019828)

/. with no comments.. must have been shut down my apple legal.. or it's hosted with A/UX....

New Music Distribution? (2, Insightful)

teiresias (101481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019846)

(Assuming it's not a rumor), it's an interesting idea that perhaps Apple is posisition these devices as the next form of music distribution ( the CDs successor). Dependant on the price point of the device of course, one could load one of these little guys up with a new album, maybe some new features (videos/interview/etc like a DVD), add in a player and it's a pretty neat gift.

Even if it wasn't used for single album released, boxed sets (a la U2's recent release) come to mind.

And of course, DRM would become very interesting. Knowing Apple, you'd be able to transfer the files to your computer but only to iTunes.

Re:New Music Distribution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019989)

I don't disagree that this delivery system has appeal... to music companies. Do you remember when cell phones were relatively new? Many of them (mine included) came with games. Recently cell phone companies have provided pay-your-way games, so phones no longer come with even simple games (poker, centipede, mind blaster). If portable memory music devices become the form of music distribution, you will no longer be able to 'buy' music, merely rent. Prepare for NetTunes loaning you as many albums as you want for a monthly fee.

fyi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019847)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA I FLASH YOU

Re:fyi (0, Offtopic)

the MaD HuNGaRIaN (311517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019988)

No no no....

In Soviet Russia, the Pod flashes YOU!!!

Price points (4, Insightful)

madrivertech.com (837955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019850)

It will have a much lower price point than...? ... other iPods? ... other flash MP3 players? ... other MP3 players in general? I can get a Gigabyte Lexar flash for their MP3 player for the low $70's off of eBay. I am using a part in the same family now "Jumpdrive" and am satisfied with its quality under heavy use.

Of course... (5, Funny)

bludstone (103539) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019853)

This must be true, because I just got an iPod about 2 weeks ago.

5 days ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020117)

I just got an iPod 5 days ago!

No screen? (5, Interesting)

quinxy (788909) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019855)

I don't see how you're supposed to navigate through 1 GB of music/etc. with no screen. I've got a little 1 GB mp3 player MPIO's FL300, and I can't imagine moving through all all the various folders and songs to try to find the one I want without a screen. I suppose you'd need listen to the first few hundredths of seconds of songs as you scroll. Sounds thoroughly unpleasant to me. Am I missing something?

Re:No screen? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019948)

It sounds suspiciously like today's product on woot.com [woot.com]

Re:No screen? (1)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019950)

I agree. I don't really see how easy it would be to go through all your music without a screen. And that really surprises me, given that Apple is famous for their ease of use and very functional designs. I'm betting somewhere, somehow, there may be a screen involved.

Re:No screen? (1)

ksheff (2406) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020110)

Apple has text to synthetic voice capability for dialog boxes for quite a while. It could do something similar: 'read' the current directory and the number of files in it to the user and when they move a jog wheel or something, it reads the filename/ID3 tag if the user pauses or stops on a file.

Re:No screen? (1)

quinxy (788909) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020133)

The more I think of it the more I think you're right. Apple is much smarter than this. They must intend to either include a screen or have some elegant and clever solution to this functionality problem (something like voice recognition where you say "Pink Floyd, the Wall" and it plays it; I doubt it will include this...). So, my money is on them having a screen there somewhere.

Re:No screen? (2, Funny)

Pastis (145655) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020043)

There's an inbuilt micro and you have to sing the first notes of the song for the small iPod to find it for you.

And it also does karaoke and the coffee, when plugged to a device respecting http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2324.html

Flash?! (0, Redundant)

psyconaut (228947) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019859)

You mean Apple licensed technlogy from Macromedia and you control the playback of songs with a web browser and there's lots of annoying graphics and stuff that don't run properly on Linux?! :-o

-psy

Re:Flash?! (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020120)

I know this was meant to be a joke buuut...

to dispell some rumors, flash can work perfectly fine on linux with the proper libraries and plugins. It works great on my debian box.... Its a bit of a pain in the ass to get working sometimes when your setting up a machine, but once it works it works great

iPod mini #2 (3, Interesting)

th1ckasabr1ck (752151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019864)

The rumor for the iPod mini was that it was going to hold fewer songs, be smaller, and be less expensive.

It certainly held fewer songs, and definitely was smaller, but it was still pretty expensive. Hopefully this one actually does have a lower price point.

No screen is a big mistake (2, Interesting)

mepex (687816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019868)

I had one of the original Creative Muvo players, and it was great for how small it was, but the absence of a screen was a serious hinderance. You needed to listen to the first few seconds of each song in order to tell which it was- remembering a 30-song playlist exactly is out of the question. Plus, the flash-based mp3 player market is much more crowded, so I doubt Apple could make inroads against the Creatives and Jen of Swedens and iRivers of the world. Remember, the hard drive mp3 market was much sparser when the original iPod was introduced.

Re:No screen is a big mistake (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019990)

Plus, the flash-based mp3 player market is much more crowded, so I doubt Apple could make inroads against the Creatives and Jen of Swedens and iRivers of the world.

If they can make a really inexpensive (to produce) mp3 player, and put it in an ipod-like casing with an apple logo, they will sell a lot, even if its more expensive than the competition. They can capitalize on the ipod marketing, but sell something with a lot more favorable profit margins.

Re:No screen is a big mistake.. or is it? (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020055)

I use an Mp3-CD player from HP in my car, it has no screen and it takes 750mb CDs with anything up to 200 songs on them

Works just fine... just write the CD with the file format *artist - album - track - name.mp3* and use the "next" button to move rapidly 20 songs up and down the line, listen to the first few seconds, then move on or back as appropriate to find the right song. It encourages commonsense file-naming conventions too !

It's not an iPod (1)

umrgregg (192838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019870)

It's an iPill. Or iHorsepill or iSuppos--well you get the idea.

Q:Why are you wearing a suppository on your belt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020053)

A:Shit, where's my iSuppos?

It had better be pretty damn cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019892)

The entire iPod theory so far has been that you have to pay more to get quality; the iPod costs a lot but it makes up for it in all it does. So conversely if Apple's going to give in and give us just another minimal-function tiny flash player, they had better price it right at or below every single other tiny flash player or this will be a massive flop.

Brand name and "lifestyle" counts for something with large prices like an iPod. But the small flash player market is totally different. If the people looking at 256M flash players were willing to pay a little bit more just to get the apple logo, they wouldn't be buying a 256M flash player in the first place.

Now this is exciting but.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019897)

" It doesn't have a screen and is this size of a cookie!"

And what happens when the cookie expires?

Re:Now this is exciting but.... (2, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020026)

For $100 you can send it back and they'll replace the battery.

PS I'm going to want a glass of milk with it (sorry, I've got a 2 year old...it's the first thing that sprang to mind)

Nachus (1)

dfj225 (587560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019906)

I wonder if this supposed flash iPod will be anything like the Nachus MP3 player. I haven't heard about this player until today when I checked woot.com where they are featuring them. Sounds like the same exact concept.

ya sure... (1)

wahsapa (767922) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019915)

the flash ipod will come out the same day as the headless imac...

Kind of like... (1)

rosewood (99925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019962)

http://www.woot.com/
?

Nachus 256MB Pendant MP3 Player
It's just about the smallest MP3 player around

Its true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11019972)

She told me I would get laid if I told her what apple was up to. I was horny, so I gave her a cookie.

Futility of consumerism (1)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11019979)

I mean, what's the point of all this anyway ?
Christmas present for a significant other, soon-to-be-past elitism or what ?
Am I the ONLY person in this world to find this is "less than news-worthy" ???

There's five things a "real man" needs: his desktop (for home), his laptop (almost always), his cellphone (now almost as complex and expensive as a laptop), his toothbrush (never leave home more than one day without it), and prefered USB(and more) storage device (dooh).

That about does it, until they find a way to use nanotech to interface data and processing power directly to the brain, than you'll only need the toothbrush ;)

Re:Futility of consumerism (1)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020035)

Stupid me, what would you need a toothbrush for then anyway ? If they can do that, they would have already made mouth cleaning 'nites already...

Re:Futility of consumerism (1)

Electric Eye (5518) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020060)

You forgot to add a cordless drill.

Other than offering an iPod at a cheap price-point, I don't see why anyone would want one. Capacity is a joke, so why bother? Maybe its Apple's way of hooking the 3-10 year-old market early.

iPod flash sucks: no wireless (2, Funny)

j0kkk3l (778886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020000)

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

Which one? (1)

pkcs11 (529230) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020017)

A Mrs. Fields cookie or a Famous Amos cookie?

Does it have radio, FM broadcast, recording,etc..? (1, Interesting)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020022)

My Muro MR-100 [muro.co.kr] has all this, in a very small form factor; these are why I bought it over an iPod (better feature/price ratio for what I wanted/needed)

Now this site is slashdotted, but does this new iPod have these??

I hope its true (1)

ocularDeathRay (760450) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020023)

I hope they make one shaped like this: http://www.keebler.com/family/cookies/elfudge.jsp [keebler.com] I guess that consumers are just not into the healthy fruit flavors anymore. They wanted something tastier.

Will Macromedia be the next Microsoft? (0, Offtopic)

mr_majestyk (671595) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020039)

Flash seems to be gaining momentum [macromedia.com] as the application development platform of choice for the web and new devices like this rumored iPod. Yet it is a closed platform that Macromedia can control at will. Is history going to repeat itself with the critical apps and content of the web era locked into one platform?

Re:Will Macromedia be the next Microsoft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020151)

I think the best response to this comes from the great movie classic, UHF:

Stupid! You're so stupid!

It's All Part of Job's Plan (4, Insightful)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020054)

Remember back in the day when Steve talked about the digital hub? And then when the iPod came out and he said he wanted to use them to help sell Macs? Then iTunes came out and even though Apple doesn't make much money from iTMS, Steve says he wants to use it to help sell iPods.

Evidently his plan is working. Last week that report came out showing about 6% of iPod users had switched from PCs to Macs and that another 7% plan on buying a Mac. The halo effect is boosting Apple's revenue.

So the iPod rules the HD-based market. Now it's time to take over the flash-based market and make sure no other company erodes Apple's dominance in the player market. I see this as yet another opportunity...people that can't afford an iPod will buy the new flash-based one. Money for Apple. When these people can afford it, they'll buy the big iPod. It's like the gateway drug to Macs.

B&O Player (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11020059)

Size of a cookie?
Flash based?
No screen?

Sounds like the B&O MP3 Player...

http://www.beocentral.com/audio/portable/bs2.jpg [beocentral.com]

slashdestroied (1)

Teknikill (611011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020099)

The site must be hosted on a mac. hahaha

iPod Mini to see storage bump to 5GB too (1)

cbelt3 (741637) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020107)

Apple Insider [appleinsider.com] sees a possible storage increase to 5GB. This will help them fit nicely into the price point niches.

Did someone read woot today and make this up? (1)

MagneticMountain (666496) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020123)

Check out woot.com for yourself...

Speech to navigate (1)

invisik (227250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020132)

I'd say you could navigate gig a music files with no screen if the music player spoke the name of the directory/file to you through the headphones.... That would not be that hard to incorporate into a unit like this. Might not be as quick to navigate to what you are looking for, but it's potentially better then listening to 3 seconds of every sone until you get there........

-m

talk about ... (1)

macaulay805 (823467) | more than 9 years ago | (#11020150)

Talk about "Bling! Bling!"
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