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APC Magazine reviews iPod knockoff: \"CoCoPod\"

updated 09:20 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2004

CoCoPod vs. iPod

, the CoCoPod, sells for the same price as the 20GB iPod, but offers more functionality: "Weighing in at 158g (including the built-in, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery) and measuring 11.1 x 6.9 x 2.2cm, the unit is a comfortable pocket companion for day-to-day use. It doesn't match the build quality of the iPod, and navigating with the roll-and-click type scroll wheel isn't anywhere near as elegant as the iPod's circular touchpad, but it works well. Support is provided for MP3, WMA and WAV files, as well as the ability to record on-the-fly and from the FM receiver in the MP3 format. The unit also includes an SD/MMC reader, a built-in microphone for voice notes, and a line-in connection for recording from sources such as a stereo system or mixing deck," according to APC Magazine.




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  1. brinj

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    it's not more functional

    Other than WMA files, the ipod actually supports for file formats: AAC (up to 320 kbit/s), MP3 (up to 320 kbit/s), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV, AIFF, Audible.

    AND
    it can be used as a portable external drive for all types of files while still retaining its purpose as a music player.
    It can even be bootable - but only on the mac ;–)

  1. brinj

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I meant "more" formats

    "the ipod actually supports for file formats" should have read More file formats.

  1. VadersCape

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Kook-oo Pod

    Yuck.

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    and...

    Apple Lossless as well.

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    meh

    The only big deal I see here is its ability to record, and clearly that's the most important thing for a portable media PLAYER, since the iPod is getting beaten down in sales...what? iPod is the industry leader? That can't be right! :)

  1. aafuss

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Great

    Great to see links to Australian and international reviews-a change from predominately US focused reviews.

  1. PsychoDrugBunny

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    This is Ca Ca!

    I just bought a bomb @ss 40gb iPod! It rocks! Why would I want the PooPoo Pod???

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Line in...

    ...is so obvious in its absence - would be a very useful thing on an iPod ...

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How to Succeed...

    Step 1: Observe popular product.
    Step 2: Rip off popular product enough to support the major features, but not enough to get sued.
    Step 3: Sell product with a few more features or massively cheaper price.
    Step 4: Profit!

    99% of companies out there do this on a repeated basis. Sad. Capitalism sucks a**.

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: how to succeed

    "99% of companies out there do this on a repeated basis. Sad. Capitalism sucks a**."

    Uh...yeah...sure it does. Let's see...Apple was founded where? Moscow? Germany? Japan? No, America. Microsoft must have been from Germany then, right? What? America? You're kidding. Hum. Well, Michael Dell must have been born and raised in Ireland then, right? WHAT? Texas? In the US?

    Without capitalism none of these companies would ever have existed. You may say that in the case of MS and Dell that would be a good thing, but without MS there'd be no Apple (don't forget that MS got started making hardware and software for the Apple 2) and without Dell to provide competition there'd be no incentive for Apple to improve its products and service.

    Whenever a successful product appears on the market it's inevitable that competing products must appear. It's how the market works, and there's bugger all wrong with it. Let's say you prefer Fords to Chevys. Should Chevrolet not be allowed to exist because their products are similar, but not (in your opinion) as good as Ford's? If you want to see what would result from having only one option, take a look at Windows. Not pretty.

    The market will decide if the new "CoCoPod" will survive. I'm doubtful myself because it looks pretty cheaply made. Given the option to buy that or buy a "real" iPod, people may opt for the higher quality and better software of the iPod.

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