Samsung the latest to try to kill Apple iPod nano

“All right, we’ve now entered Year 5 of the iPod Era. Apple’s rivals have had plenty of time to study the iPod, figure out what makes it such a hit and offer reasonable competition,” David Pogue writes for The New York Times. “As you may have noticed, however, that hasn’t happened. Of every 100 people walking by in their little music isolation bubbles, 78 of them seem to have telltale white iPod earbuds. Year after year, the iPod’s market share drifts upward, leaving its rivals to fight over the scraps; call it Snow White and the 20 Dwarfs. The iPod’s competitors have wasted years of opportunity by assuming that they can beat the iPod on features and price alone. They’re wrong.”

“In fact, at least six factors make the iPod such a hit: cool-looking hardware; a fun-to-use, variable-speed scroll wheel; an ultrasimple software menu; effortless song synchronization with Mac or Windows; seamless, rock-solid integration with an online music store (iTunes); and a universe of accessories. Mess up any aspect of the formula, and your iPod killer is doomed to market-share crumbs,” Pogue reports. “This week, Samsung is the latest company claiming to have cracked the iPod formula — specifically, that of the wildly popular iPod Nano [with] ts new Z5 player… the Z5 plays music for a staggering 35 hours between charges, according to Samsung, which is 2.5 times the duration with the iPod. Unfortunately, that beefier battery means that the Z5 is no Nanoesque wafer. At just under half an inch thick, it’s two-thirds thicker than the Nano.”

“Like almost all non-iPod music players, the Z5 is based on Microsoft’s music-player software. That is, it doesn’t work with the Macintosh. And while the Z5 can’t play songs from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, it can play songs from Rhapsody, Napster, Musicmatch, MSN Music, Wal-Mart, AOL Music Now, Yahoo Music and other members of the “MMS-MMS” consortium (Microsoft-based Music Stores with Minuscule Market Share),” Pogue reports. After ticking off ways that the Samsung entry compares to Apple’s iPod nano, Pogue writes, “The Z5… will not cause any discernible dip in iPod market share. It does, however, deserve to be a hit for Samsung. For someone who wants a Nano that’s not a Nano, it’s a close enough match in looks, sleekness, capacity and crystal-clear software design. In fact, if iPod didn’t loom over every conversation as the screamingly obvious point of comparison, the Z5 could be the next little thing.”

Full article here.

Apple’s brand new iPod Hi-Fi speaker system. Home stereo. Reinvented. Available now for $349 with free shipping.
Apple’s new Mac mini. Intel Core, up to 4 times faster. Starting at just $599. Free shipping.
MacBook Pro. The first Mac notebook built upon Intel Core Duo with iLife ’06, Front Row and built-in iSight. Starting at $1999. Free shipping.
iMac. Twice as amazing — Intel Core Duo, iLife ’06, Front Row media experience, Apple Remote, built-in iSight. Starting at $1299. Free shipping.
iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.

Related articles:
Samsung’s iPod nano killer software created by former Apple Mac, iPod designer – February 27, 2006
Samsung: we will take top spot in music players from Apple by 2007 – January 09, 2006
Samsung: no plans to launch ‘Apple iTunes Music Store killer’ – November 03, 2005
Samsung plans 16 new MP3 player models in bid to compete with dominant Apple iPod – August 18, 2005
Samsung determined to oust Apple to become number one in iPod market by 2007 – March 17, 2005


  1. 35 hours of party time without a charge. You would need to be Superman and Wonderwoman on recreational druge to make full use of that little sucker.

    This battery life thing is crap. Unless you are one of the superbeings mentioned above you will never need battery life like that to kick in before you get a chance to stick the little critter into a wall plug and re-charge before the next ebvening with family and friends…..


  2. Da Vinci,

    It will still last more recharge cycles than the iPod, since Lithium-Ion batteries all have a rough limit. This means that the battery won’t need replacing as quickly if you use it a lot. Also, being able to use it a week between charges would be very nice. Still, I think for most people the battery life on the nano is sufficient.

    MDN MW: Less, as in “Less is more”? Maybe not when it comes to battery life.

  3. MDM headline: “Samsung the latest to try to kill Apple iPod nano”

    No where in the article does it say that. No where does Samsung say that.
    Samsung has a product that they think people will buy. They did not make the product to “try to kill Apple iPod nano”.

    When Dell brings out a Intel chipped computer is it to try to kill the Macbook?

    When Apple brings out its overpriced iPOd Hi-fi speakers is it to try to kill Bose´s iPod speaker system?

    Silly, silly MDN.

  4. I’m actually impressed by what I’ve seen here. Though I don’t intend to switch away from my iPod, I hope that Apple will pay attention to any device that does things well. For example, the hold indicator and dedicated volume controls sound pretty useful, and I wouldn’t mind having features like that rolled into the iPod.

    I say Kudos to Samsung on this one.

  5. Quote from article that made me laugh:

    MUSIC STORE INTEGRATION No. At Samsung’s suggestion, I tested the Z5 with Rhapsody’s store, which is available directly from the copy of Windows Media Player provided by the Z5’s installer. After banging my head on the keyboard for an hour, unable to get it to work, a Rhapsody rep finally let me know that, in fact, Rhapsody’s subscription store doesn’t work in Media Player — only with Rhapsody’s own software jukebox. (So much for the Microsoft “Plays for Sure” logo. Try “Plays for Some People.”)

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.