Packard Bell to release Apple iPod Mini ‘killer’

“UK PC maker Packard Bell will next month extend its line of Flash-based MP3 players with its hard drive unit, a 5GB it hopes will be snapped up by all those folk who can’t get hold of an iPod Mini,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

“The Pocket M@estro will play MP3 and WMA files and incorporate an FM radio. Shows can be recorded as MP3 files, and the device can also record voice memos. Songs can be transferred to the player across a standard USB 2.0 link,” Smith reports.

More details and picture (make sure you haven’t eaten recently) here.

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42 Comments

  1. That’s right sander! My first tought was my Dad’s circa 1976 calculator. Jeeez! What a piece of sheeeeeeee-it! I can’t believe something like this gets approved in design meetings. How the hell can Pack-turd Bell powers let this kind of thing get past the initial design stage. Sorry, i am biased but please, someone come up with SOMETHING, ANYTHING to compete. I am sobbing with disgust over the lame attempts. Nothing will beat the mini or the regular iPod any time soon.

  2. awhh come on that thing is not that ugly, but that doesn’t mean I like it. the thing that sucks about it is that u have to look @ it to change thing, unlike the iPod where u just know what to do witout actually looking. But hey nice try!! PB I mean i thought this company was out of existance for like how many yrs now, I guess the saved alil money just enough for their flash players.

  3. It gives garage door openers a bad name. It is indeed ugly or at least homely. Something only a Packard Bell computer could love. Sorry, but most Taiwanese-designed products have very poor looks and user interfaces (not to mention laughable “english” instructions).

  4. Ugly!

    but you can’t help but think … FINALLY.

    A portable that can do all those things ‘in the box’ as opposed to requiring attachments. Nice that it has a built-in radio. Why is this so hard for Apple to incorporate?

    Oh… and why did it have to be Packard-Bell. That’s a name that goes hand-in-hand with horror stories.

  5. Ugly!

    but you can’t help but think … FINALLY.

    A portable that can do all those things ‘in the box’ as opposed to requiring attachments. Nice that it has a built-in radio. Why is this so hard for Apple to incorporate?

    Oh… and why did it have to be Packard-Bell. That’s a name that goes hand-in-hand with horror stories.

  6. I’ve listen to the FM radios in some of these players. They’re simply awful. Moving around causes interference, distortion and weak signals fading in and out. By a standalone radio if you must but the whole idea is to be your own program director and not have to listen to somebody elses selection of music.

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