updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon April 3, 2006
\"iPod-style\" player ad
A major Canadian newspaper has published an advertisement offering a free "iPod-style" player with the purchase of any computer system. MDG of Canada is touting the "iPod style personal audio & video player" with a 1.5-inch color display that can play compressed movies. The iPod clone can display e-books, play music, supports synchronized lyric display, offers an internal microphone recording function, and includes digital FM radio. The device also functions as a standard USB mass storage drive, includes a built-in lithium-ion battery, and powers off automatically. The ad shows a picture of the player, which looks remarkably similar to Apple's own iPod nano, but does not offer a brand name or storage capacity for the gadget. A MacNN reader wrote in to tell us that "I'm used to seeing these things from Korea, etc. but when they're advertised in major Canadian newspapers, I had to [do] a double-take..."