According to a research conducted by DisplaySearch, Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens shipments went up to 144 per cent compared to the same time last year mainly due to increased use in MP3 music players. OLED displays use organic compounds that emit light when exposed to an electric current. This makes them a perfect fit for small electronics devices such as mobile phones and MP3 players. They have better contrast, offer wider viewing angles and provide faster response times than LCDs. OLED shipments leaped to 16.7 million units as revenues shot up 49 per cent year-on-year to $US130.9 million. The top OLED seller during the third quarter was South Korea’s Samsung, which sold $US37.1 million worth of the product.
With god zillion amounts of digital audio devices to choose from, it can be a tough job to choose the right one. Some of the basic features should be known to the consumers in order to make a rational purchase. Select a digital music player that is compatible with your computer’s operating system as most of your digital music collection is on your PC. Then different music formats available and specific audio players are only compatible with one type. MP3 is only one of the encoding formats. Many companies have developed there own digital music formats which are compatible with specific hardware. Apple iPods operate with AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format which runs on iTunes software. And Microsoft developed the WMA (Windows Media Audio) format used with Windows Media Player. Devices have calendars, notepads, photo libraries, AM/FM radio and many more features other than just playing music. You should be able to decide that what will be the primary use of your device. And in accordance to that you should be picking up the device. Lastly, it is the money you want to spend. Flash memory players are usually less expensive, but have less space. Hard drive devices offer more storage space, but rise in price as the storage capacity increases.
The all new MP3Elf is affordable and are ethernet connected, to access the MP3 files. The MP3elf doesn’t require you to transfer all your MP3 files, you just can have it in a single location and access it throught the MP3Elf. The MP3Elf can be purchased directly or you can buy Kits that will save your time on the procuring of all the components yourself. You can aldo design your own MP3Elf under open source BSD license. The best part is that MP3Elf provides you High Definition Audio with 24 bit DAC, for higher linearity, wider dynamic range and lower distortion.
Perhaps, Samsung could have etched out another skinny masterpiece to talk to rather than dropping this run-of-the-mill MP3 player. Anyway, before you start yawning, let me tell you that the new YP-U2X is just another flash-based DAP with a 4-line FSTN inverse LCD display and support for MP3, WMA, ASF and WAV formats, but mind, no OGG. The 512MB Samsung YP-U2X also tries to lure you, in vain, with an FM tuner, 13 equalizer settings, 13 hour battery, a built-in microphone and LED light. You can ditch $70 to Best Buy to grab it.
The only reason that’ll make you grab this player is its deadly looks. The latest Prime PM-304AF flash music player stands out with its diminutive 3 inches skinny figure and iPod like click wheel. Other things that make it an eye-catcher include a cool 1.5 inch LCD, an FM tuner and support for MP3, WMA and WAV audio formats along with DivX conversion. Weighing just more than an ounce, the Prime PM-304AF is available in capacities ranging from 64MB up to 2GB promising 36 hours of voice record time and 15 hours playback.
If you look down from the lofty iPod altar, you will surprisingly find yourself into the world of small players unleashing a different game all together. It was in fact triggered by Evergreen with its DN-2000 MP3 players for under $10 and the hair-splitting goes a step further with the new Tesco MP-806 128MB MP3 player for a mere £18. If that seems a humiliating bargain for you, better shell out £50 for the 1 GB MP-306 lux model or the 256MB MP-606 for £25. We know, as wise consumers, you are not expecting any extra ornamentation for £18, still you’ll be treated with WMA file support apart from the usual banging.
Transcend Information will reveal its new MP3 player at Computex 2006, to be held in Taipei in June, based on Samsung Electronics multi-level cell (MLC) MLC NAND flash architecture. The use of cost effective MLC-made NAND flash disk drives and memory cards will ultimately affect the prices of the digital players triggering more competition in the already tight MP3 market.
Even those who constantly chime brand notes will not be able to resist the new Thomson Lyra PDP2662S; no we are not questioning Thomson’s credibility here, but when Nike+iPod Sport Kit is in the offing, everything else perhaps takes a back seat. Anyway, the Lyra stands apart and no doubt scores above the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with its attractive price tag of just around $90; for the kit you got to have the iPod Nano and a pair of costly Nikes too, right. Moreover, do not underestimate its functionality as the sporty player also offers a pulse rate monitor and a calorie counter along with a not bad 512MB of memory. Sadly, the player comes with non-rechargeable standard AA batteries.
The new Sharp MP-B200 and MP-300 make us believe that probably, Sharp is oblivious of the sharp edges, honed by other players, on which these two players will soon be chopped off. The 8.9-millimeter thin players are available in either 512 or 1GB capacity. The 65-gram MP-B300 features a miniSD slot for storage expansion. There is an in-built FM-transmitter to play your MP3s through your car or home stereo without the docking station and a FM tuner allowing you to record the FM. Both the players support MP3 and WMA files.
Here is the new utilitarian MP3 player from the house of Panasonic, SV-SD300 that comes with a reasonable price of $149. The key features include 4-line LCD display, D. sound technology, support for both the highly used music formats-MP3 and WMA, 3.3mW + 3.3mW audio output and a battery life of 23 hours. All these specifications are packed in a slim and sleek size of 86 x 40 x 9.9mm and a weight of 35.4 grams. It could have been a high-end MP3 player if it had been integrated with any built-in memory. Anyways, it boasts a SD card slot. The SV-SD300 is available for sale in UK.