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Clone Wars: iPod Nano Knock-Offs Under $50

by Paul Strauss

I’ll start out by saying this. Steve Jobs and company will no longer like you if you buy one of these. But for those of you who are too stingy to drop $149 to $199 on a real iPod Nano, here’s a cheap Chinese knock-off that’s a dead ringer for Apple’s chunky little 3rd-generation media player.

DigitalRise iPod Nano Clone

The DigitalRise Nano III even goes so far as to steal part of its name from Apple’s popular player. As you’d expect, the cloned Nanos can handle MPEG-4 video, MP3 and WMA audio file formats. They also throw in an FM tuner, digital voice recorder, and e-book reader capabilities.

Unlike the real deal, the DigitalRise players only offer 1GB of storage (vs. Apple’s 4 to 8 gigs), and a 1.8″ color screen instead of the 2″ screen on Apple’s players. While the colors aren’t exactly the same, the fakes do offer an “all-metal” case, doing their best to look like the authentic ones.

At this point, they’re available in lots of 10 or more for just $49.95 each. So if you and 9 of your cheap-ass friends are looking for some stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays, you can grab a case of ‘em from ChinaGrabber.

Comments (10):

  1. manchicken says:

    Sounds to me like this might be a better deal than the real thing. I wonder if you could put RockBox on one of these badboys.

  2. Johnny says:

    yea, actually, it says the screen is 2.0″‘s. I did see that it was 1.8″ a few days ago though …. also found a 4gb player for $68.99… def not a bad deal… A “rockbox” would be cool :)

  3. wil-k says:

    actually i live in shanghai, and i have one of these clones. here it says the clones only have 1gb,
    actually mine has 8gb there are two different types of fakes: the bad fakes, and the good fakes.
    The good fakes have 8 GB and cost ¥150 (15 pounds), but only support mp3 or WMA files. The bad fakes are the same prise but even though on it it says it has 8 GB it may only have 50MG and if your lucky it may have 1GB at the most.
    However this fake can support nearly all the file tipes but may break v.v. easily i bought a bad fake once, it only had enough memory for 1 song and 1 music video and broke after 1 day!
    The way you can decipher a good fake from a bad fake, is by looking on the bottom. If it has a plug in that looks like a real ipods plug in it is the good fake, wear as a bad fake has a different plug in and a different hold button that is the power switch. And don’t worry about the authorities, it is perfectly legal in china to make a copy of something without permission

  4. its true says:

    what wil-k said is true i. found that as well

  5. Russ says:

    Hey so are fakes all that China sells? Does China offer the real deal refurbished Ipods at way cheaper wholesale prices because of the cheap labor orr do they not at alll??? I also heard that if they did have these real deals that they are having a hard time getting them out of customs and actually exporting because Apple trys to stop em. WHAT IS THE DEAL? Can China supply real refurbished ipods???

  6. yingying says:

    there are some clone about iphones.
    but there are still real phone on and

  7. downhill_Phil says:

    some dick sold me one of these, first showing me a real ipod and then switching them in his pocket after i already paid … telling me it just died… i went home and charged it and much to my disatisfation it was i cheap knockoff! people these days… The guy even had a truck with a Apple logo on it. sheesh. well i guess it was worth 20 dollars but i didnt get what i paid for! whatchout for scammers

  8. Lex says:

    Where do you get these

  9. robert says:

    These are sold in Tesco in Hungary.

  10. Cheap Ipod Touch says:

    Apple about the iPod Touch. The video features information about apps, how to use the iPod touch and special features. The clip includes details on watching movies on the iPod’s wide-screen display, along with playing games (using multi-touch and the device’s acceleromter) and browsing your music collection.

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