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iPod's notoriety...

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MrZebra77

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Please choose the appropriate forum for this topic. Thank you. Funny how the iPod has reached a status where even someone who knows nothing about Computers or MP3 Players, knows what an iPod is and what it looks like.

The MP3 Player I currently own is the Frontier Labs NexIA (Note, I'm not plugging the device or anything, just want you guys to see what it looks like)

I would say that 90% of those who see me with it (When I whip it out of my pocket to play/pause/switch tracks/change volume etc) people always go "Ooh, an iPod!" and I correct them every time (Especially shortly after getting it since I hated iPods with a passion at the time).

The first time I went to my mom's with it, my sister said "Is that the one from Apple?".

The weirdest one happened a few weeks ago (Shortly before I stopped hating iPods) when I got to the bus stop, whipped my NexIA out, furned it on and during the minute it was booting up (One of the reasons I'm soon switching to an iPod) then this old man says "Is that an iPod?" so as usual, I explain him that no, this is not an iPod, that it uses memory cards instead of a hard drive etc... and he said "You lost me there, I know nothing about computers!".

Wow! He knows nothing about computers, yet he knows what an iPod is mistaking my player for one!

Which brings up another interesting note, the main reason holding me back now from buying the iPod right away is that I recently lost my job. While I could buy it on my credit card instead of waiting until I find a new job, I would get critisized so much about buying such an expensive toy while I do not have a job that I'd never hear the end of it... But if 90% of the people I meet mistake my NexIA for an iPod, does that mean that 90% of the people who'd critisize such a purchase would not notice I changed player...

Anyone else have examples on how iPods have become so well known?
 

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Interesting... Anyway, I think that people who have used / own an iPod would not mistake the NexIA for an iPod -- it really looks nothing like an iPod to me, since I am familiar with the iPod.

I can't really think of anything that I've seen personally that shows the iPod's easily reconisable status... probably the main thing is when you see people with the white headphones, people assume that it's an iPod they're listening to and not some other player.
 

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I can see the situation getting to the point where any portable music player is called an iPod.

Much the same thing happened with Hoover (here in the UK anyway). Hoover has become a generic name for any vacuum cleaner and I can see the same thing happening with the iPod
 

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Very interesting. Personally, I have no idea what a NexIA is, but I don't think I'd mistake one for an iPod..
 

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Yeah i can see where "novices" are coming from, mistaking it for an iPod.


The one big give away for me would be those earphones for the nexia !!
 

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Now, I'm tempted to go up to iPod people and ask "Is that a WalkMan?"

j/k
 

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well i mean, the NexIA is white, and the ipod is so reconizable (sp?) because of its color (white, incase you forgot) so maybe when they first see it the white makes "ipod" jump into their head.
 
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