Creative settles over MP3 player capacities

By on May 2, 2008, 10:00 AM
Creative has reportedly settled a class action suit brought against the company in California which alleges the consumer electronics maker misled customers with inaccurate capacity claims for its portable media players by inflating them as much as 7 percent.

Apparently, Creative calculated drive capacity in base-10 (1,000,000,000 bytes per GB) instead of base-2 (1,073,741,824 bytes per GB) – which is not at all uncommon – but failed to disclose this as well as take into account space taken up by the formatting structures and the software necessary for its devices to store, organize, and access stored data.

Anyone upset by this who can still find the receipt for their Creative player purchased between May 5, 2001 and April 30, 2008 is eligible to receive a 50 percent discount on a new 1GB player or a 20 percent discount at the company’s online store. As is customary with many of these class action lawsuits, the real beneficiaries seem to be the lawyers, who will collect $900,000 for their trouble, while the main plaintiffs will get $5,000 in monetary awards.

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technologyone said:
Class action lawsuits make me sick. Some people just go out looking for stuff to file a lawsuit over. Did these plaintiffs who are getting the $5,000 get somehow injured because they lost 50 MB of storage space on their MP3 player? I wish someone would do a thorough investigation into the ties between these "plaintiffs" and the lawyers who are making out like bandits. Are they 3rd cousins scheming to just screw any business that MIGHT think they are going to make an honest (or not so honest if you are really hung up on a 7% discrepency) buck for their shareholders and employees? Maybe we should all file suit against the milk guys when it turns sour a day before the date on the carton. Shoot that's like a 20% discrepency so maybe we can score a few million from them!
Jesse_hz said:
I know that Mebi and Gebi are used in the IT industry, but how can a company get in trouble for using an SI standard for measureing data-capacity?I'm assuming it said GB, not GiB.
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