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Correspondents for Italian-based Mac web publication, MacityNet, claim to be one of the first outsiders to catch a glimpse of Apple's flash memory-based iPod digital music player.

Earlier this weekend, while camping outside the front entrance to San Francisco's Moscone Center -- the exhibition hall which is home to the Macworld Expo -- the publication's staff were privy to a sneak peek of Apple marketing materials for an upcoming iPod music player.

Through the Moscone's glass facade, workers could be seen hoisting massive banners advertising a new iPod and sporting the slogan "Life is Random." Before the banners were properly concealed, the reporters observed a 'narrower' white iPod 'without a large display' that, according to the advertisement, would hold 240 songs (approximately 1GB of space).

Although MacityNet claims it was forced to delete all digital photographs containing pictures of the new iPod, its website does display seemingly authentic photos of new Apple marketing materials being assembled inside the Moscone Center. The site also offers a description of the purported player.

"We cannot show the images of the new iPod because we were forced to delete them from our cameras, but we can describe it. It is without any screen (that's maybe because the slogan is "Life is random!"), small, with a shape more vertical than the other iPod. The color is white, and it seems like a small remote control that fits conformably in a single hand."

Sources close to AppleInsider have previously said that Apple's flash-based iPod would debut in 1GB configurations with a suggested retail price between $129 and $149 USD.
post #2 of 31
uhh... shouldn't this be in the Digital Hub? I thought iPod rumors went in there.


but anyways, the iPod flash sounds cool.
post #3 of 31
This sounds real bad. No screen? Life is random? Does that mean there is no way to control this thing? We are forced to listen to songs at random? Well, I thought Apple could do no wrong with the iPod but if this is true... what's next, a computer made out of cardboard?

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post #4 of 31
Indeed, "random" would hint at a random playlist with no way to choose songs... Bad.
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post #5 of 31
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Originally posted by m01ety
Indeed, "random" would hint at a random playlist with no way to choose songs... Bad.

Actually I think it is great. The most used feature by far on the iPod is the shuffle feature. I use it almost exclusively on mine and most of the people I talk to that I know with iPods do the same. That is why Apple moved the Shuffle feature to the main menu. With so few songs available on a 1GB drive anyway it just seems to make sense to me.

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post #6 of 31
Random eh?

I guess we'll have to wait for Steve to spell out how it works. Have confidence.. it likely won't be herky jerky, like the other stuff on the market.
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FYI - if you are on public property and take a picture, the picture is yours - regardless of the subject matter. You cannot be "forced" to delete it or hand it over (legally). I would say this report is bogus.
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Originally posted by JustSomeGuy
FYI - if you are on public property and take a picture, the picture is yours - regardless of the subject matter. You cannot be "forced" to delete it or hand it over (legally). I would say this report is bogus.

Wow, I was going to say the same thing. Exactly how were they forced to remove the pictures? People talk about journalism and all, but you think a "real" journalist would let his camera be taken or forced to delete photos (unless, of course, they were threatened with severe bodily harm)?
post #9 of 31
They were probably bribed by Apple spies with free swag. For a free iPod micro, or iHome, I might delete images too. Fair trade for Apple.
post #10 of 31
the photos from inside were deleted, the ones taken on private property
post #11 of 31
I would, too.... hehehe, but yes, they cannot be "forced" or something like this...
@Topic: Guys, come on... They would never do such a obvious stupid thing.
I mean, who wants a mp3 player that doesn´t even allow the user to switch to the song he wants to hear?
No way... "Abwarten und Tee trinken" ("Wait and drink tea")...
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post #12 of 31
that poor guy (putting up the banner)

he's so fired.
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that poor guy (putting up the banner)

he's so fired.

Heh....that´s the problem with these new glass-buildings :3
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post #14 of 31
Sounds cool 'cause I ONLY use shuffle songs!

Except I hope there's one button that lets me skip a song from time to time. I'm not always in the mood to hear some particular song and might want to skip it this time.
post #15 of 31
TS says it has a screen. Same screen as mini but, 2 lines shorter. This is a new site and I think the banner could of been photo shopped. The banner doesn't look apple for some reason and new sites just post stuff for attention. Like trolls do.
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This is a new site

The site is around since 1996 ad is the main italian site for mac fans. Please do some research the next time before posting.
post #17 of 31
Macitynet is NOT a new site, but like any other commercial site it needs more visitors to have more possible banner clicks.
The photos are real, but the info on the iPod??

One thing, nowhere the Macity site indicates that the new iPod has NO screen,
Since they have only PARTLY seen illustrations of the new iPod, they THINK it may have no screen, they also THINK it has only TWO buttons, is partly of metal, partly white plastic.
post #18 of 31
Or maybe it's the Apple made Airtunes remote that should have come with the AirPort Express
post #19 of 31
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Originally posted by slughead
that poor guy (putting up the banner)

he's so fired.

No. He's so Steved.
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post #20 of 31
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Originally posted by sappomanno
The site is around since 1996 ad is the main italian site for mac fans. Please do some research the next time before posting.

Sorry, I misread the title as New site. Sorry.
post #21 of 31
Life is random (- this gives you control...)

Quiz:
1. Remote control to control apple stuff
X. Media Center to control everything at home
2. iPod without controls

What do you really think?
post #22 of 31
Gee, I don't know. Is it such a big deal, being in less than 24 hours we'll actually find out what's going to be announced? That's the part of the rumor coverage I just don't understand. Everyone gets all excited RIGHT before the MW, when it would be more interesting like 6 months ago, to know what's in the pipeline. Its like when AI posts that Apple's going to have a speed bump on some model, and they come out with their info about 4-8 hours before Apple actually does it. Great, but it doesn't do much for the guy who bought last week. It barely helps the guy buying that day, but he'd get the speedbump anyway.
post #23 of 31
iPod Micro with function of controling Mac remotely?
man, i shoulda get that thing!!!

probably another year or so later
anyhow 19 more hours to go~~
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post #24 of 31
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Originally posted by JustSomeGuy
FYI - if you are on public property and take a picture, the picture is yours - regardless of the subject matter. You cannot be "forced" to delete it or hand it over (legally). I would say this report is bogus.

Not to mention, even IF they deleted the pictures from the camera, why wouldn't they go home and then use one of the many undelete programs available for flash media and recover the pictures?!

I know I would!!!
post #25 of 31
uh, let's see... do you think maybe ThinkSecret & AppleInsider need people to look at the flashy adverstisements on their websites...

click, point, click, ka-ching. (sounds like the beginning of Pink Floyd's "Money")

It must be kinda funny to sit back and watch the drama unfold as we salivate/ponder over photoshopped cardboard boxes one day, then discuss the ramifications of "deleted" photos the next.
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Originally posted by Robrippin
Not to mention, even IF they deleted the pictures from the camera, why wouldn't they go home and then use one of the many undelete programs available for flash media and recover the pictures?!

I know I would!!!

Or when you saw the big burly men coming after you, you just send the pictures to your girlfriend. Oh, right, these are mac nuts who hang out at the expo before it opens. They don't have girlfriends. Well, they could have just sent them to one of the other mac geeks they know...
post #27 of 31
Right, Xhif Untrasher says bullshit to that.
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post #28 of 31
Wouldn't a slogan like "Life is Random" be incredibly controversial though? I mean, the US only recently managed to rescue Christmas, which was, believe it or not, under siege for some time (dixit The O'Reilly Factor). And you just had an election that was, according to many a pundit, dominated by moral issues. It might be bad timing on Apple's part to imply that God isn't there, and that we are all small cogs on a horribly purposeless spinning wheel, oblivious of the gruesome senseless deaths that await us all.

Reminds me of how they priced one of the original Apple computers (I or II) a cool 666 dollars.

(Just for the record, I am without god.)
post #29 of 31
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Wouldn't a slogan like "Life is Random" be incredibly controversial though? I mean, the US only recently managed to rescue Christmas, which was, believe it or not, under siege for some time (dixit The O'Reilly Factor). And you just had an election that was, according to many a pundit, dominated by moral issues. It might be bad timing on Apple's part to imply that God isn't there, and that we are all small cogs on a horribly purposeless spinning wheel, oblivious of the gruesome senseless deaths that await us all.




Take it to Political Outsider, and say it in one thread.

It'd take a pathetically challenged person to think that God is manually changing their mp3s for them.
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post #30 of 31
This is reminiscent of the Performa years. There were so many different levels of computing products that Apple sold at that time, it was very confusing for the average consumer.
When Jobs came back to Apple, didn't he thin the herd of Apple products to remedy consumer confusion? It seems like he could be doing the same thing here.
I had figured the iPod Mini as the solution for those that don't want to pay $300+ for regular iPod.I don't see the appeal of such a limited product.
post #31 of 31
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Take it to Political Outsider, and say it in one thread.

It'd take a pathetically challenged person to think that God is manually changing their mp3s for them.

Well, johnq, you were there, I believe, and I wasn't. I'm trying to point out that I think this is a fake, and that mainly because a slogan like that is probably not a very good idea right now. The reason for this is that randomness of life would preclude any divine intervention in the Creation! And that notion would inflame the ever louder religious right in the US.

I'm not trying to raise a political issue here, I'm just sharing you my opinion as to why I believe this might be fake/bad form on Apple's part.

I mention that I am a godless atheist to make clear that these are not my beliefs. Therefore: I might be wrong in guessing the motives of people very different than I.
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