Samsung Electronics is expanding its horizons and wants to enter into online music service to counter Apple’s iTunes-iPod area monopoly and Microsoft upcoming Zune. The giant is collaborating with MusicNet and will use Microsoft’s Windows Media Player technology. Samsung wants similar integration between music software and portable devices as shown by Apple’s iTunes Music Store and iPod player blend. That is the reason the online music service will be attuned to its imminent line of portable MP3 and media players. Initially it will be confined to UK, Germany, and France later expand the service all over Europe and Asia.
Nintendo has in its store, an official MP3 player for the users of Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. The new MP3 player will offer the capacity of 2Gb to store around 500 songs, different skins and a headphone port. The pics are not there yet but it seems like Nintendo will publicily announce the new MP3 player very soon. The new Nintendo’s MP3 player will be price at faltering $38 and release date is expected to be October 8.
Gear4 technology brings another edition of speaker system to associate Apple’s iPod. The system contains FM/AM radio and alarm clock to disrupt your deep sleep. Dubbed as HouseParty 24/7 the gadget contains two 2″ six watt magnetic shielded speakers accompanied by an ActiveBass 2.1T twelve-watt sub-woofer. Decorated with three-stage dimmer LCD screen it brings a 16-function remote control to operate your iPod. The device is available in two radiant colors (Black & White). Radio includes five preset stations and a snooze mode between 5 and 20 minutes. Priced at £99.99.
In the midst of Zune rumors, Toshiba has announced the new GigaBeat V30K media player that boasts 30GB storage capacity for your favorite tracks. Anyway, Toshiba must be quite busy with the Microsoft’s Zune these days. However, the GigaBeat V30K supports all the main music formats including MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, WAV, Windows DRM 9/10, and WMV 9/10. Other key specs include 3.5 inch TFT-LCD display, built-in speaker, 8 hours of video play and 12 hours of seamless music. For now, you need to sit back a while as the feature packed GigaBeat V30K will begin shipping in the month of October.
Wow! This is sleek and sexy. This was the first thought that struck my mind after seeing the Sony NW-E005 that is colored in tempting pink. The USB-stick styled MP3 player offers a storage space of 2GB. CNET has filed a full review of the Sony NW-E005 player. Well, my first thought soon disappeared as I came to know that its display is hard to read in direct sunlight. Still, if you want something sleek yet sturdy storage-wise, you can go for the Sony NW-E005 MP3 player.
Ministry of Sound (MoS) celebrates its 15th anniversary by announcing the new 6GB MP055C6 MP3 player that is encased stylishly in piano black. It’s not revealed whether the player boasts a flash drive or a hard drive. Anyhow, you need to shell out £179.99 to make the MP055C6 yours. The player comes pre-loaded with ten tracks from the MoS’s collection. I think they should have revealed something more powerful and unique. Afterall, it is the question of MoS’s 15th birthday.
In the deluge of the PMP, iRiver PMP 120 is ready to brawl, and its stunning features include voice recorder, integrated FM tuner, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers and simple navigation. It has an implausible 20 GB of storage for music, digital photos and full-color, full-motion video. You can store up to 80 hours of video (320 x 240 resolutions) and up to 600 hours of music. The iRiver PMP 120 is the produce from I review electronics. The whole pack includes detachable Lithium-Ion battery and charger, remote control, USB host cable…list goes long. I think it is really an entire home entertainment in your pocket. No information pertaining to price yet.
After Samsung decided to move into online music service, now MySpace too is ready to create ripples into digital music business. Digital music is the fastest-growing sector of the music industry but the field is conquered by iTunes. Thus this move can be said a direct intrusion into the Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store. MySpace is aiming to offer copyright-protected songs of major record companies from nearly 3 million unsigned bands. The bands will get the cost for the music, also a small MySpace surcharge. The small distribution fee is not yet fixed. As per Reuters: Songs can be sold on the bands’ MySpace pages and on fan pages, in non-copyright-protected MP3 digital file format, which works on most digital players including Apple’s market-dominating iPod.
Who doesn’t want to own an MP3 that is unique and trendy? Well, the price factor might not allow you to do that. Still you have a chance here to stylize your MP3 with diamonds and butterflies with the Creative U-CLIQUE and you will be charged 10 Singapore Dollars extra. That’s not a bad deal to make your MP3 unique. Girls will, no doubt, love the butterfly and diamond designs. If you wish to have one, you can visit the Creative Online Store and order your MP3 with the Creative U-CLIQUE.
SanDisk is once again in top stories, about company’s chic 8GB Sansa e280 audio player, fired to race Apple’s iPOd nano. The debate about licensing of MP3 compression technology has taken SanDisk to face lawsuit led by Italian patent company Sisvel. The patent company claims that SanDisk didn’t pay licensing fee, necessary for MP3 series. The setback has made SanDisk’s desk almost empty at the IFA 2006 in Berlin. The world’s top most flash memory products manufacturer SanDisk, however, gave no clarification about the ban on products in Berlin. An expert amongst the founders of MP3 digital audio compression stated, ‘SanDisk’s is not infringing any patent in the pending litigation.”