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BongoBob
02-09-2005, 12:42 PM
EDIT: Fecking ads :¬:






The Microsoft XPOD

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_logo_big.jpg

With so many portable music players on the market, it could only have been expected that Microsoft—giants in the home computer world—would innovate a solution of their own to capture more of the entertainment market. This is particularly relevant as the iPod, created by rivals Apple, is getting so much attention. It is no surprise, then, to learn of the new Microsoft XPOD, a portable music player for the 20th century.

Following on the from the success story of the XBOX, Microsoft's slim-line gaming console, the XPOD combines the lightweight design and keen ergonomics expected of the company.

Read on to learn more about this wonderful new device, including screenshots of the Microsoft XPOD, both showing it working, and opened up to expose the complicated circuitry inside

The XPOD: On the move

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_on_the_move.jpg

Here we can see Microsoft's new XPOD on the move and working. The LCD is nice and clear, and you should be able to tell that the track playing is one by the Beastie Boys, with the name of the band scrolling on the screen. Note the useful carrying handle, designed with weight in mind and much more convenient than losing the XPOD in your pocket. Note also the connector at the bottom of the Microsoft XPOD that plugs in to the docking station, for speedy parallel port transfer of your music collection. It almost goes without saying that the colourful buttons are easy to use and are comfortable for any sized hands to use.

The XPOD: Ready for dissection

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_ready_for_dissection.jpg

It is easy to see that the Microsoft XPOD looks and feels good from the outside, with clarity of sound almost guaranteed from the rugged design, there will be many people eager to see the technology that has been expertly put together to make such a music player possible. To save many curious people from voiding their warranties, this unit will be opened up to have a deeper look inside. Here you can see the XPOD turned off and waiting to have the cover removed.

The XPOD: The control board

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_innards_board.jpg

With the cover and display of the XPOD removed we get our first glance at the innards of the portable music player. The circuit board uses advanced "Through-Board" technology for its integrated circuits, as well as using discrete components to save on space, which you can see is at a premium. It's a marvel how Microsoft have managed to fit so much in to the space that is available! In the middle of the board you can see the main decoding chip; this is used to convert the Windows Media Format files, which are compatible with all versions of Windows from XP and later, in to audio music that is then fed to the headphones.

The XPOD: The storage device

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_innards_drive.jpg

Delving deeper in to the XPOD's innards, by taking out the control board carefully, the storage device is found sitting at the bottom of the case. This is where all the Windows Media Format files are stored. For the XPOD, Microsoft have opted for this low-profile, ultra-small hard drive that is normally found in modern desktop computers. This allows for up to a whopping 500 Megabytes of music data to be stored for playback. If you look carefully at the text on the drive, you can see the EULA for the Microsoft XPOD; in it is the statement that you implicitly agree to the EULA by purchasing the unit. Let's put it back together.

The XPOD: Versus the iPod

http://www.hotandfruity.com/xpod/img/xpod_and_ipod.jpg

When this newcomer to the field of portable music players, the Microsoft XPOD, is placed side-by-side with Apple's supposed "best player on the market" iPod, it should be obvious which one is the superior. With no carrying handle, fragile docking connector, lack of solid buttons, and easily-losable size going against it, Apple's iPod loses out to the clear winner. It is only a matter of time before the Microsoft XPOD has displaced that inferior unit from the market completely.

XD

I would directly link to the site I got this off of, but it has a small link to pr0n on all the pages, and I don't wanna go the way of Dirty South :(

Pie™
02-09-2005, 12:51 PM
:lol: that's classic! :D

boinga1
02-09-2005, 12:51 PM
Hehe...lol. Threw me for a loop at first, thinking it was real.

Troopr-Undr-Fir
02-09-2005, 12:54 PM
I think I pinched one of those things out the other day...

Really though, it looks like crap :xp:

Nice atempt though. Should've added a bunch more stupid things, like a cup holder or tornado proofing, or something else dumb...

El Sitherino
02-09-2005, 01:09 PM
Instant female attracting device would be useful. iPods bring the ladies, odd fact.

Troopr-Undr-Fir
02-09-2005, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by InsaneSith
Instant female attracting device would be useful. iPods bring the ladies, odd fact.


Pfft, I have nothing apple and I can whoo with the best :cool:




*sniff*

*sniff*

You smell that?













Oh, it must be me...



Because I'm the Sh*t!!!

MTV2
02-09-2005, 02:04 PM
i like how they have an apple computer in the backround when this is suppose to be
microsoft



theres no pr0n, it has a link at the bottom and it says "WARNING, Adult Content"



http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Audio/Xpod.shtml

Mike Windu
02-09-2005, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Troopr-Undr-Fir

Because I'm Sh*t

Fixed :p



<3



pffft.

El Sitherino
02-09-2005, 02:23 PM
There is porn, it's in the link and banner.

Thank you for not posting the url for the site.


Originally posted by MTV2
i like how they have an apple computer in the backround when this is suppose to be
microsoft
Welcome to the world of mockery. The guy is poking fun at microsofts xbox, and their plans for an mp3 player.

Alegis
02-09-2005, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by InsaneSith
Welcome to the world of mockery. The guy is poking fun at microsofts xbox, and their plans for an mp3 player.
Well it's supposed to be a cheap and small player. Not something as bulky as this.

//General note//
And besides, why mock MS if Apple did it? What's ethical wrong with a software and hardware gigant to make such a thing? As if Apple didn't play copycat before.

ET Warrior
02-09-2005, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by Alegis
Well it's supposed to be a cheap and small player. Not something as bulky as this.

Yes...but.....joke....


It's a joke about how MS has a giant console, so their MP3 player is also giant....get it......heh.........

Astrotoy7
02-10-2005, 02:53 AM
Originally posted by ET Warrior
Yes...but.....joke....


It's a joke about how MS has a giant console, so their MP3 player is also giant....get it......heh.........

I think Alegis has been afflicted by "Skim Read too Quick and you miss the joke syndrome" :p

Alegis, Alors mon ami !

mtfbwya

El Sitherino
02-10-2005, 01:30 PM
Originally posted by Alegis
And besides, why mock MS if Apple did it? What's ethical wrong with a software and hardware gigant to make such a thing? As if Apple didn't play copycat before. What? The guy is an apple fan, he's mocking MS for their giant console and likely giant mp3 player. And MS has played copycat too, so I don't think that matters.

Alegis
02-10-2005, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by ET Warrior

It's a joke about how MS has a giant console, so their MP3 player is also giant....get it......heh.........
I'm not missing the point, the dude is. As its a cheap mp3 player MS is heading at :p

*curls up in a ball and retreats to kotor II*
http://www.alex-in-wonderland.com/OriginalArtwork/PencilAndPaper/Stormtrooper.jpg
Move along, move along

ET Warrior
02-10-2005, 01:50 PM
It's a joke. You're not supposed to use reason when you making a joke to poke fun at something.


Alegis must need a funny bone transplant :p

jon_hill987
02-10-2005, 02:04 PM
I almost thought if was for real untill I saw the "On the move" pic. brilliant! I wonder if it is a working model? coz i want one!:)

legameboy
02-10-2005, 03:34 PM
I heart Apple.

Leper Messiah
02-10-2005, 03:53 PM
iPod and MS < equivalent reliable device

Alegis
02-10-2005, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by ET Warrior
Alegis must need a funny bone transplant :p
You ready to sacrifice yours, potential donor? :p

Astrotoy7
02-10-2005, 11:29 PM
Originally posted by Leper Messiah
iPod and MS < equivalent reliable device

those creative zen players look cool, IIRC grooves has one...

I myself am hangin out to buy a pocket pc, much much more than just a music player :) and not much more expensive (well the one I want anyway :) )

mtfbwya

RebelScum!
02-11-2005, 09:34 AM
The button's look like jelly beans :xp:. What is it a VCR? Lol i did'nt believe it for a second.

Leper Messiah
02-11-2005, 09:42 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
those creative zen players look cool, IIRC grooves has one...

I myself am hangin out to buy a pocket pc, much much more than just a music player :) and not much more expensive (well the one I want anyway :) )

mtfbwya

i have an MP3 player which can also be used as a general hard disk, have had it for about 18 months now without a problem so iPod can keep their brand name to themselves :D

toms
02-15-2005, 07:38 AM
:D
http://img.penny-arcade.com/2001/20010801l.gif :D