It's not just market leaders who get their product designs ripped off. Check out the T-Pod neo (yes, that really is its name) from Thanko, and you'll see that in addition to a clear debt to the iPod nano, the player bears an even more obvious resemblance to a less well-known audio player, MPIO's HD400, aka "the Metro Sexual." As with most knockoffs, the similarities are only skin deep; while the MPIO (above right) has an 8GB hard drive, the T-Pod (left) is a 1GB flash-based player. Whether any metrosexuals will be fooled by the design and pick up the wrong player remains to be seen.

[Via Akihabara News]

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Keepin' it real fake, part XVII: Thanko goes metrosexual