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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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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.

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