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iPod Spinoff, In Canada?

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thesire

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Recently MGD computers, Canada largest computer, maker started advertising an "iPod style MP3 player" in thier afvertisments. There is already an article on this posted here iPod Style MP3 Player


The current link given there is shows the now updated version.MDG advertisment

I only saw them advertising it as the "iPod style MP3 Player" once, and I think that was on Saturday. They are still currently advertising the player, mearly saying it is MDG best selling player. (They dont sell any others, just in case you were wondering)

When I first saw the word iPod on the ever so fimiliar MDG advertisments in the paper(there is a full page advertisment on the back of a section daily) I was suprised. I didnt think MDG sold iPods. I was even further suprised to see that it wasnt infact an iPod, but a very similar look alike.

What do you guys think? How long until Apple files an imminent lawsuit?
 

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Ah, I saw a similar ad on the back of the Metro paper on Tuesday. Flip to the last page over here.

Free iPOD Style Personal Audio and Video Player with System Purchase!!! ($279 Value)
  • iPod style personal audio/video player
  • 1.5" colour LCD screen
  • plays MP3, WMA, MPEG, AVI etc.
  • FM radio
  • Digital voice recorder
  • built in USB storage key
  • built in lithium battery
  • $279 Retail value
I'd just like to point out the poor/inconsisent capitalization and punctuation in the list is quoted as is, not my own. ;)

Edit: here's a page on nano knockoffs
 
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Thats what it would be, those Chinese look-alikes (IMO, calling them knock-offs isn't exactly the right term). Not worth $279 retail, more like $100 or so.
 

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darn canadians... lol jk didn't mean it

but it definitely has the looks. the firmware must be easy to use. for those prices just get an ipod.
 

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Anothor one appeared today, this time using half page advertisments in their own flyer. Basically there are the words "Free iPod" that are big, and they pretty much dominate the 6 page advertisment. There is going to have to be some kind of copyright, especially when these flyers are being distributed in major canadian newspapers.

Ethan120, yes they are in the LFP, thats where I first saw them, because I live in London.

And of course it has the looks, it looks just like an iPod nano, of course not to us, the iPod fanboys, but it probably does to the average consumer, especially when the word iPod is written right next to it.
 

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dansgil said:
Yes, I noticed this today in one of their flyers.

It may confusing for some consumers. People see Free iPod in huge letters and think they're going to get an iPod with their computer.
Exactly why I can see a lawsuit. You would have absouloutly no problem in court proving that MDG is using the word iPod to try and benifit it sales, expecially when the dont even dell them. The funny this is Staples (now afflilated with MDG) dosent even sell iPods)
 
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