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What video iPod fans have been lusting for, it's just not from Apple

Speculations that Apple will release a video-focused iPod have been circulating online for quite some time now. Hope for Apple users increased when reports of a prototype video iPod appeared on the Internet. Later however, it was deemed that the prototype was fake, and was actually not even an Apple product.  Apple has yet to announce any details of a portable video player.

Now, a company in China called Meizu, has now launched its own iPod-like portable video player. Called the Mini Player, the device is similar in size to current generation iPods, but includes a much bigger screen and allows for playback of XviD video files. Of course, the Mini Player also handles all popular audio formats as well as image formats. Some specifications include:
  • Display: 2.4-inch 260K color QVGA (320x240) TFT LCD, 100 brightness levels
  • Memory: 1GB, 2GB and 4GB versions available
  • Audio support: MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV
  • Video support: XviD
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Other hardware features: Integrated FM tuner, voice recording capabilities
  • Other software features: E-Book support, clock, calculator, games
  • Weight: 55g
The most interesting part of the Mini Player is the fact that it looks very much like Apple's current products. The back of the Mini Player is a chrome shell, similar to current iPods, and the front controls are flush with the body. Meizu also claims that the Mini Player can last up to 20 hours when playing back music and last up to 6 hours when playing back video -- impressive performance compared to Apple's own 5th generation iPod. Equally impressive is the fact that the Mini Player is merely 10mm thick. The new Mini Player will also be available in two color schemes: white/silver and black/silver.

Pricing was not available at the time of this report.

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By AppaYipYip on 6/9/2006 8:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
It's incredible how companies are allowed to copy the look and style of the iPod. It's such a blatant rip-off!

RE: ugghh
By AnaxagorasZeres on 6/9/2006 8:39:49 AM , Rating: 2
What I'm finding ironic isn't the fact it looks like an iPod video with a larger screen (I honestly couldn't care what it looks like so long as it meshes nicely with my iBook), but that it has a neutered control scheme which reminds me of the days when MP3 players were James Bond gadgets.

RE: ugghh
By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 9:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to see a size comparison with a iPod Nano, this site has it.

RE: ugghh
By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 9:15:34 AM , Rating: 4
Cry me a river. We do the same with everything else in the industry. Clothing, Hardware, Hard Drives, Cases, Keys, Mice, Keyboards, Hammers, etc... etc... If you can't handle the competitiion go home.

RE: ugghh
By Griswold on 6/9/2006 11:50:03 AM , Rating: 2
Much like the iPod looks amazingly similar to the Regency TR-1 transistor radio from 1954. :D

RE: ugghh
By Garreye on 6/9/2006 12:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's awesome, I've never seen that before!

If only
By mb on 6/9/2006 10:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if DAP manufacturers saw the value/appeal in adding a SD slot to their players. It would be great to own something like this with built-in 4GB with the ability to add a 1GB to 4GB SD card.
Hell, even a mini-SD slot would allow for 2GB more.

RE: If only
By Homerboy on 6/9/2006 11:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
being this thing is SO compact, any slot maybe hard to muster.
Now connecting a USB stick to the USB port on the device would be a HUGE plus... a sort of external dongle.

RE: If only
By mb on 6/9/2006 11:28:51 AM , Rating: 2
If they can put a card slot on other small devices (cell phones for example), it would be very easy to put one on here. It's not THAT small. So maybe it would be 10.25mm thick instead of 10.0mm and maybe 57g instead of 55g. I would give that up for a card slot.
An external USB stick would only add to the bulk.. with a card slot nothing would be sticking out and there would be nothing extra to carry.

RE: If only
By Pirks on 6/9/2006 11:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
Sandisk Sansa e200 series have microSD slot - pop 1GB microSD there and be happy.

RE: If only
By mb on 6/9/2006 11:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but the e200 gets a big "meh" from me.

I am piss off!!
By animedude on 6/9/2006 3:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
I bought sansa e260! I always wanted to buy the other mp3 from meizu but they don't have video player. Now this one released and I bought e260. I am piss off right now. 4GB for only $200!

For starter, Meizu makes quality MP3 players, not rip off like other China company.

RE: I am piss off!!
By animedude on 6/9/2006 3:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
They also update firmware quite often(once or twice a month). To fix bugs and add additional features.

RE: I am piss off!!
By mechwarrior1989 on 6/9/2006 10:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yea I also got the e260 recently, I don't mind, I like it a lot. Though this meizu is kinda nice. Maybe I'll pick one up when I head back to china this summer.

RE: I am piss off!!
By kknd1967 on 6/12/2006 7:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
Looks better than my Sansa e260! I got the Sansa for $140 though. I am curious about the video quality comparison among current players. Just don't have enough money to buy them all :(

just tell me when where and how much
By Homerboy on 6/9/2006 5:00:48 PM , Rating: 2

RE: just tell me when where and how much
By animedude on 6/10/2006 3:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
Place: China
When: Available Now
Price: 4GB for $1599 Yuan, $200US.

RE: just tell me when where and how much
By Homerboy on 6/12/2006 10:50:49 AM , Rating: 2
but the flight to China costs a bit more :")

By kknd1967 on 6/12/2006 7:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
maybe it is worthwile if you want to buy hundreds of them for friends :)

If you want to do it, do it now! chinese currency "yuan" is rising in the exchange rate! It is 8:1 to USD now. Maybe it will be 5:1 in the near future, who knows...

So sick of iPod comparisons
By redbone75 on 6/10/2006 10:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, so let me get this straight: Any device that comes along and is rectangular, has any kind of metal backplate, a screen on the front and flush controls is an iPod ripoff? Seriously, you Apple fanboys need to get a life. Next thing you know you'll all be shouting, "Hey! That thing has a hard drive. Their ripping off Apple!"

RE: So sick of iPod comparisons
By michael2k on 6/10/2006 10:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
I posted something like this before:
1) Glossy black or white face (iPod started this trend in 2001)
2) Stainless steel back plate (iPod started this trend in 2001)
3) Cardinal (4 way) click interface (iPod started this trend with the iPod mini in 2004, but originated the idea in 2001)

Before the iPod, they were using textured plastics, like the Rio PMP or the Creative Nomad Jukebox, instead of glossy plastics and metal, they used rubber or hard plastic push buttons instead of whole surface buttons, like found on an iPod mini, nano, and with video, and they really weren't rectangular. The PMP was kinda curved, the Nomad Jukebox was circular, like a CD player, and even as late as 2004 the Zen Micro was plump, like a fat soap bar.

RE: So sick of iPod comparisons
By kibets on 6/11/2006 10:15:19 AM , Rating: 2
All Meizu did was take a successful product and improve on it. This item is simply better in nearly every respect than Apple's offerings at a lower cost and it works with many more formats.

Now that Apple computers can run Windows like the rest of the world we should see the popularity of these devises rising.

RE: So sick of iPod comparisons
By michael2k on 6/11/2006 12:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well, according to the listed specs, this thing only supports MP3, WMA, OGG, and WAV, and one video format, XviD.

The iPod supports MP3, AAC, WAV, Audible, ALE, and AIFF, and the video formats MPEG4 and H.264, so it supports more video formats and audio formats. It's definitely a nice player though, and I hope we see Apple offer something better in the near future.

How old is this?
By patentman on 6/9/2006 7:43:11 AM , Rating: 1
"Speculations that Apple will release a video-focused iPod have been circulating online for quite some time now. Hope for Apple users increased when reports of a prototype video iPod appeared on the Internet. Later however, it was deemed that the prototype was fake, and was actually not even an Apple product. Apple has yet to announce any details of a portable video player."

Seriously, the video ipod has been out for a loooooooong time now. Unless you are trying to make a distinction with the term "video-focused" this news is very very old.

RE: How old is this?
By shadowzz on 6/9/2006 7:50:49 AM , Rating: 2
He's talking about the full screen video ipod. At least that's how i read it.

RE: How old is this?
By shadowzz on 6/9/2006 7:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
er, yeah I clicked the link too.

RE: How old is this?
By Garreye on 6/9/2006 12:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
Ya that's what I got as well. The current iPod has video support, but it is primarily still an audio player. The difference between the current iPod and the rumoured iPod video player would be like the difference between the Creative Zen Vision and the Creative Zen Vision:M.

4:3.... stupid.
By Homerboy on 6/9/2006 11:09:06 AM , Rating: 2
How many videos that you rip, download, whatever are going to be 4:3 nowadays? Very few. So why do companies keep on pumping out what seem to be killer PVPs only to have them be 4:3 screens?

Why do I just KNOW that Apple is going to be first to market with a WS PVP and only THEN others will follow?

This sucks.

RE: 4:3.... stupid.
By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 11:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for the announcement that Apple is suing this company for Patent Infringement, as long as I can pick one of these bad boys up before they get shut down I'll be happy. Notice it uses a miniUSB slot as opposed to apples garbage proprietary connector? Now I only need 1 cable for my Digital Camera, Blackberry, MP3 Player...... SWEET!

RE: 4:3.... stupid.
By Lonyo on 6/9/2006 12:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Competitor from china?
By hadifa on 6/9/2006 7:43:03 AM , Rating: 2
Looks sleek and 6 hrs playback is nice.
Only if it has a high production value!

RE: Competitor from china?
By tuteja1986 on 6/9/2006 8:15:17 AM , Rating: 2
Looks cool but how much will it cost because i am only ready to spend $300 on a video player like with 4GB capacity. Anything higher will not be worth it.

By drxploder on 6/10/2006 3:48:49 AM , Rating: 2
WHy is this so similar to an Ipod?
Apple has no video-centric player.
It's white or black. So what that's been done everywhere.
Compare it to an Archos player if anything.
Like the AV 500.

Just because it has nice design, that doesn't make it a clone.

RE: How
By michael2k on 6/10/2006 3:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
1) Glossy black or white face (iPod started this trend in 2001)
2) Stainless steel back plate (iPod started this trend in 2001)
3) Cardinal (4 way) click interface (iPod started this trend with the iPod mini in 2004, but originated the idea in 2001)

The AV 500 differs:
1) Brushed metal body, like a Canon Powershot or Fuji Finepix
2) 3 LEDs, a speaker, and an IR port, quite unlike either iPod or this PseudoPod
3) 11 button interface, unlike the iPod's 5 button or the PseudoPod's 4 button interface
4) Chunky and shaped physical interface, unlike the smooth and glossy interface of the iPod or PseudoPod

So there are 3 reasons why it resembles an iPod and 4 reasons it does not resemble an AV 500.

By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 7:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
I'm definately impressed, I have a 2GB Nano black right now, and this looks very very good, lets see some pricing and I just might get one. Bravo to the company on this, looks excellent.

Really Cool
By thecoolnessrune on 6/9/2006 11:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
This device looks really sweet. But I still wont even consider one until I see one that supports h.264 MP4 files. An not in Quicktime .mov's either.

By saratoga on 6/9/2006 2:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
This player uses the new Samsung chips that Apple will be using in their future players. Perhaps this is a preview of what future Nanos will be able to pack into that volume (verses the larger 5G).

Better, but still not there yet
By JNo on 6/10/2006 8:03:35 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that these things are great but we're still not at portable player nirvana yet, by a long shot. Don't want to sound greedy but really want:

1) widescreen
2) support for: *H264* (the future), avi, mpg, divx (all), xvid, *DVD files* (common - many people create/rip their own dvds now), wmv9, mov etc
3) support for hdtv resolutions (the future, and even if the player screen can't take advantage, you could get it on TV out)
4) decent TV out, not just shitty composite, at least S-Video and preferably component or dvi/hdmi, even if it needs proprietary connector/cable

a bonus would be:
5) pvr cababilities (incl ability to record hdtv standards)

yeah, I know I'm dreaming but I can if I want... at least DVD support, H264 and decent TV out are possible with today's technologies, but never all combined in these players...

By arod on 6/12/2006 12:53:43 AM , Rating: 2
its already out and somewhat cheaper than the ipod videos and very similar to the size of this player. but it runs portable media center which i personally like better than ipods interface.

By Armorize on 6/19/2006 8:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
niiiice, as long as its not like $300+ its so mine

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