Apple’s New iPod Shuffle VoiceOver might violated Creative Labs Patent (apart from just sucking) [UPDATE: MAYBE not yet] ~ Creative Labs Zen MP3 Players Sound Blaster Card
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Apple’s New iPod Shuffle VoiceOver might violated Creative Labs Patent (apart from just sucking) [UPDATE: MAYBE not yet]

iPod Shuffle  VS        Zen


Apple recently released their new iPod Shuffle 4GB. Amongst the blunders innovation it has, one of them is a feature called VoiceOver. VoiceOver is basically a feature that enables the Shuffle to “talk” to you whenever you change a song, playlist or whichever feature you are in. This is however very similar to a patent application filled in by lovely Creative Labs way back in mid 2007. Updated.

Update: It appears that how the iPod does it’s track reading isn’t on the shuffle at all. It would be through iTunes and hence recorded samples of your track name and so forth would be transferred with your music as well as shown here in Apple’s Patent application:


It might not exactly be what the patent says, but the concept is very much similar  it does show some similarities in some way but not to the most part. Here are the screenshots from Creative’s patent filling:


patent1 patent2


The new shuffle now completely removes the controls on your shuffle making you stick to the (comparatively) crap less enhanced earphones bundled with the shuffle. The “innovations” in the new Shuffle doesn’t just cut right.

- No controls on screen. Controls are now on the earphones which makes you pretty screwed if you loose your earphones.

- Not much options for control based earphones. Your lovely investment in headphones would be irrelevant at this point. No word on if it would work on other control based earphones. Just another way to show Apple’s stubbornness.

get Creative  

Update: STILL Get a Zen instead.

Zen Stone Plus With Speaker 4GB

Read the patent here [via myblog]


Anonymous said...

lol go apple...

Jimmyboy88 said...

amazing :)

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