More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Dell’s ‘DJ Ditty’ flash-based MP3 player is dead

“A search through Dell’s Web site comes up dry if you are looking for the DJ Ditty digital music player. The MP3 player page on the company’s site sells the Sandisk Sans m240, e-Series, and Creative Vision:M players. Dell even offers an MP3 player comparison chart to help you pick out the device that’s right for you, but there’s no mention of the Ditty,” Jeff Gamet reports for The iPod Observer.

MacDailyNews Note: Dell’s http://www.dellditty.com/ site is now defunct and just redirects to a page where Dell tries to sell third-party MP3 Players as listed above.

“The DJ Ditty was Dell’s Flash-based MP3 player designed to compete with the iPod shuffle. The company continued to sell it after dropping it hard drive-based Dell DJ in February, and dropped the price from US$99 to $79, and then eventually to $39,” Gamet reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “NeverFade” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: iPod, killer. Unsurprisingly, Dell’s DJ Ditty couldn’t even survive for one year. Looks like Dell can’t even muster up just one wonder product, much less say they’re the innovative leader of the world.

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40 Comments

  1. You mean that awesome online marketing campaign didn’t work? I can’t believe it!

    </sarcasm>

    I have a friend who bought a 20 gig Dell DJ. What a piece of junk. He just refuses to even look at anything made by Apple. The funny thing is, he uses Windows because everyone else does, but you’d think that logic would send him to the iPod as well. Oh well.

  2. is there a page that lists, “dead” podkillers: eg,
    Sony Bean is dead
    BenQ is dead
    Rio is dead
    Virgin is not virgin anymore
    Thomas surrendered
    Olympus been torned down
    Dell killed the DJ and Ditty
    iRiver dried up
    ———-
    and the stores that try to overcome iTunes
    cokestore (gone)
    napster( barely makeing it)

    etc…

  3. “That was HP that sold the iPod. Then they fired the CEO and dropped the iPod.”

    You’re thinking of how HP BRANDED their own iPod. Greg is referring to the fact that Dell used to sell Apple iPods through their website but eventually dropped them in favor of their DJ series <cough!> MP3 players.

  4. Ditty Ditty Bang Bang
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    Oh you stupid Ditty Bang Bang,
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    We hate you.
    And, without
    Ditty Ditty Bang Bang
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    What will we do.

    Yeah!

  5. TinFin,
    How much do they sell refurbished $39 Ditty’s for? Do they have to pay you to take one off their hands.

    Chuy,
    I didn’t know there was a CokeStore!!! Now I don’t have to buy it off sketchy dudes hanging out in public parks or in nightclub parking lots.

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  6. Chris wrote, “I’m thinking that this is also Microsoft grabbing market share from iPod rivals as has been predicted.”

    Why don’t we wait until Microsoft actually releases a product first, okay?

    ‘Twas the iPod that killed DJ Ditty, that much is sure.

  7. BWAAA-HAHAHA!! even at $39 they couldn’t move those crappy Dittys!! dont these people get it yet?!

    iPod+iTunes+iTMS all designed from the ground up to work seamlessly and even better via Mac OS X.

    these so called ‘Pod Killers still haven’t got a clue.

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