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Old 01-11-08, 04:25 AM
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iRiver SPINN, Ipod Killer??

Apparantly the "Spinn" refers to the analogue toggle wheel thats used to control it. "SPINN UI, combines warmth of analog controls with digital content"

Im getting one of these based on the user interface alone.









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AMOLED 3.3-inch screen displaying at a 480 by 272 pixel resolution
16GB flash storage expandable using the accompanying microSD slot
FM tuner and DMB-T tuner
Bluetooth 2.0 capable
dictionary
Microphone
30fps MP4 playback


No word on release date though

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Old 01-11-08, 04:30 AM
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It looks nice, but "iPod killer" is a bit of a stretch yet. Let's see what capabilities it has.
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just the fact that someone is calling it the ipod killer means it won't be
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Old 01-11-08, 08:58 AM
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Here's the problem with most "iPod killers"--none of them have the tight integration with the interface software that iTunes does for iPods. Not to mention the fact the iPods with the Click Wheel control keeps its interface as simple as possible, something that most other portable media player manufacturers totally miss.
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Will it be a good player? Probably. Will it be an iPod killer? Not really.

I will admit though, I've had iRiver products in the past and they were excellent and extremely easy to use and very durable.

I see that it only uses Flash storage which will probably mean the end of it ever being an iPod killer. There's no way anyone's going to spend big bucks to afford a flash card large enough to hold entire MP3 collections, let alone hours of video.
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Old 01-11-08, 09:39 AM
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no such thing as an iPod killer.. except for the next version of iPod that will be released.
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
I will admit though, I've had iRiver products in the past and they were excellent and extremely easy to use and very durable.
QFT

But yeah, nothing's going to stop the iPod juggernaut anytime soon.
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Old 01-11-08, 10:09 AM
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The truth is that even if another company makes a product that completely kicks the iPod's butt, the iPod is so established as a brand and has so many acolytes I'm not sure it would even matter.

Otherwise, it looks pretty cool but I'll hold off on seeing how the interface works before I get too excited. I already own a half dozen portable devices that play media content (none of which are an iPod).
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Until someone comes out with a device that will play DRMed AAC, or everyone switches to Amazon's MP3 store, there will be no iPod killer.
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Old 01-11-08, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by RayChuang
Here's the problem with most "iPod killers"--none of them have the tight integration with the interface software that iTunes does for iPods. Not to mention the fact the iPods with the Click Wheel control keeps its interface as simple as possible, something that most other portable media player manufacturers totally miss.
I wish Apple would make a virtual wheel for the iPod Touch. More precise in controlling the volume and forward/backward.
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Old 01-11-08, 11:41 AM
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no such thing as an iPod killer.. except for the next version of iPod that will be released.
Plain and simple, this is it.
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I wish Apple would make a virtual wheel for the iPod Touch. More precise in controlling the volume and forward/backward.
Yeah that would be nice... The volume control is my only issue with my touch.
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
I will admit though, I've had iRiver products in the past and they were excellent and extremely easy to use and very durable.
Agreed. I've had nothing but good experiences with iRiver.

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