updated 02:20 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
Sony, iRiver take on Apple
iRiver's S10 portable player measures 1.65 x 1.18 x 0.43-inches, nearly rivaling Apple's new iPod shuffle in size even as Sony challenges Apple's MacBook with its own budget notebook. Apple's undeniable success and high margins have long caught the attention of its competitors, with numerous products surfacing which present a striking resemblance to Apple's own products. Sony's VAIO N series laptop -- available in black, white, and brown -- is a "chic" notebook designed to work well with interior home design. Other large electronics manufacturers appeared to follow Apple's lead in late July by establishing their own chains of branded retail stores and kiosks, the success of which remains questionable due to existing distributors and retailers.