brilliant idea of the day: beating the iPod

I don’t have an iPod. Please don’t feel sorry for me, this is a conscious decision. While I like the way the menu system is set up, I’m still not buying into the hype. Also, I have a Treo 600 so I can play my music and have my phone/PDA with me all in one device. Sure, it doesn’t hold gigs of music but it does let me store them on an SD card so in theory I have unlimited storage (or at least limited by my wallet).

What does this have to do with a brilliant idea? Well, I think that Creative or one of the other hard drive MP3 player manufacturers could possibly get a jump on catching up to the iPod. This is a technical idea. Make no mistake, the technology is not what sells an iPod, emotion is what sells an iPod. However, there are geeks like me that would like an affordable, small, feature-rich MP3 player that isn’t an iPod and would be willing to pay for it. Since everyone is chasing Apple already, why not try to do something unique instead of just copying them?

Oh, the idea. What I’d like to see is voice recognition in my MP3 player. I don’t want to have to use a menu system or remember how many clicks on the wheel to get to what I want. I want to be able to say “Play all Alice in Chains” and have the player play all tracks by Alice in Chains. I want to be able to say “Play Dirt” and have it play the album named Dirt. I want to be able to say “Play The Black Album” and have it prompt me for which one since I have both Jay-Z’s and Metallica’s on my player.

So there it is. Someone please take it and run with it. Oh, and I need at least 20GB, small size, light weight, and a price under $275. Thanks.

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