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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Creative Not So Creative

Well I'm sitting here looking at the pics of the Zen Vision:M mp3 player from Creative, but wait what is creative about this players? More colors?, adding FM and a buit in mic? Let me take another look....

hmmm, still doesn't look creative to me. Just looks like someone trying to piggyback on someone elses success. The new player is a 30GB video player which costs $330 which the company says will hold 15,000 songs and supports ahem, subscription servers like Napster and Rhapsody To GO and Yahoo Music unlimited.

They also claim the player battery will last for 14 hours playing music or 4 hours of video.
Creative says the player also supports TiVoToGo for free viewing of TV shows recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder.

Also it supports video formats in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, and MJPEG, bla, bla, bla.
O.K. but I did find a few things funny from the press release as did MDN.

• "Creative... the number one manufacturer of MP3 players with music subscription support."
Who's dreaming here??
• "When people see the Zen Vision:M, they tell us it's incredibly cool."
I see a cheaply made knock off. It's not just the player but the ease of use with iTunes and my computer
• "We designed the Zen Vision:M."
LOL, this one is too funny, we did what? turn on my cheap copy machine. What need to coolect my self from laughing
• "The new Creative Zen Vision:M will be available this month for US$329.99."
A pieace of crap that costs more also, and is windows only and doesn't work with iTunes, oh this is too much.
•15,000 songs?
Music files depending on what bit rate you use will be a certain size. So their saying 15,000 songs using what, a 64kpbs or lower bit rate?? that will sound like shit.

O.K. and to get publicity for their player Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo goes out and say's he plans to aggressively "pursue all manufacturers that use the same navigation system," a US patent that Creative owns on a system used to navigate music on digital players.

That's on top of reports of Creative already accusing Apple of creating a shortage of digital music players due to its strategic flash-memory partnership with Samsung Electronics.

Funny thing was the quote from a BBC report quoting Hoo as denying the company had copied the design, saying "it had been working on the look for more than a year."

One whole year?? hmm, how long has Apple been using this basic design?
Man some guys are a pure joke when their companys are failing, what do they all do? blame somebody else for their failure.

Look at Rob Glaser RealNetworks chief executive, according to a CNET article Glaser told a packed hotel ballroom at the Digital Living Conference in San Francisco on Monday that Jobs & Co.'s refusal to make the iPod compatible with music services other than Apple's iTunes was "pig-headedness". And that Apple's unwillingness to co-operate with other online music vendors promotes piracy of copyrighted materials and will eventually draw the wrath of consumers.

"Promote piracy" and "draw the wrath of consumers," What is he trying to do, scare record lables and users into using his music service? Well one company is not caring as they have started to promote the iTunes-NBC connection with this ad which also shows Apple computers.

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