Linked by robojerk on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have often wondered why there wasn't a flood of Android portable media players - now the WSJ Reports: "With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. All use a variation of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and work with apps developed for it."
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Neolander on Thu 30th Dec 2010 08:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2010-03-08

1) Its Windows only with MSC when it available is entirely useless when you have a large collection thus the indexing with each reboot taking ages.

I agree, though if they're wishing to clone the iPod they must not work properly with alternative operating systems other than that of their manufacturer ;)

2) Fails to support AAC audio -its an open standard for goodness sake!

Open standard, you say ?
Like everything coming from MPEG, AAC is a patented format. Implementing AAC requires a license fee.
http://www.vialicensing.com/licensing/aac-fees.aspx
This is why media players vendors won't support it : unlike MP3 and WMA, it's not even a de facto standard, so it's not worth the cost.

Now, if only they could support Vorbis, which is a *true* open standard...

3) The size and price is always, in every case, uncompetitive with the iPod; every time I see a competitor to the iPod they're the same price but with less space.

That's logical. Apple manufactures large amounts of iPods, so they can pay less. Newcomers don't have this chance.

This is why, in my opinion, trying to clone the iPod without introducing some major innovation is pointless. But some keep trying...

Edited 2010-12-30 08:48 UTC

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