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Portable Media Players Gallery [Historical]

2000s Mobile Digital Revolution -- MP3 Players to Media Players

    by Douglas Dixon


  The 2000s Mobile Digital Revolution:
        Cell Phones to Smartphones, Walkman to Media Players, CD to Flash to Web Services

  Historical perspective on some interesting technology and trends in digital home media.
  They include some sample products illustrating these trends.
  Information and pricing are summarized from public sources as of when they were added,
  and may be incorrect or out of date.

       

See the Handheld Devices Gallery for multi-function players: E-book Readers, Handheld games, Satellite radio
See the Apple iPod / iPhone Gallery for more on the iPod and iPhone product lines, market, and chronology


Media Players - Markets and Formats

Two worlds: iPod and Windows Media


See the Apple iPod / iPhone Gallery for more on the iPod and iPhone product lines, market, and chronology

Portable Player -- Market Shares

Market share (NPD)

Company 7/08 Q1 08 Q1 07 (Q2 06)
Apple (iPods) 73.4% 71% 70% 75%
SanDisk (Sansa) 8.6% 11% 10% 10%
Microsoft (Zune) 2.6% 4% 3%  
Other 15.4%      
Creative   2% 4% 5%

 

Creative Product Line -- 9/07  

  • 1/10 - Apple reports 21 million iPods sold in Q4 (-8% vs. prev. year), 8.7 million iPhones (+100%), 3.36 million Macintosh computers (+33%)
        PR 1/10 - www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/01/25results.html
  • 9/09 - Apple reports over 220 million iPods sold, the world’s most popular family of digital music players
  • 8/09 - NPD Group - iTunes 25% of U.S. retail music market, Walmart 14%, Best Buy third (music units sold),  Apple 14% 2007, 21% 2008
        iTunes 69% in digital music, AmazonMP 3 8% (consumer downloads 1H 2009)
        Physical CDs - Walmart 20%, Best Buy 16%, Target and Amazon 10%
        Music formats - CDs 65%, paid digital downloads 35% (music sales 1H 2009) (digital 20% 2007, 30% 2008)
        Predicts digital music sales will nearly equal CD sales by the end of 2010
        www.npd.com/press/releases/press_090818.html
  • 9/08 - Apple reports over 160 million iPods sold, the world's most popular family of digital music players
  • 5/08 - Microsoft reported it has sold 2 million Zune players since its launch in November 2006.
    Apple reported it has sold 10.6 million iPods in the first quarter of 2008, and iPhone sales were 1.7 million.
  • 11/14/07 - Creative announced that it has shipped a total of 25 million MP3 players
        Creative second in global unit shipments, 3/07 IDC report on worldwide and U.S. flash and HDD portable media players
  • Q2 06 - Others - Samsung 2.5 percent, Sony 2 percent

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Media Players - Features and Trends


Player Categories - End of 2000s (Apple pricing as of 9/09, Zune 9/08)

Stick MP3 Players Flash Music Players     Flash Media Players     HD Media Players     Connected Players    
USB drive 
+ Headphone jack
+ Play controls
++ Multi-line display
Display: Photo, text
+ FM, voice record
++ Line in record
++ Memory card expand
++ Removable battery
Color display
+ Photos, Video
++ Organizer
++ Speaker, mic
++ Camera
Hard disk
++ Widescreen
++ Speakers, A/V in/out
Networked
+ Wi-Fi
++ Bluetooth
Apple iPod Shuffle SanDisk Sansa c200 Apple iPod Nano Apple iPod classic Apple iPod touch
4 GB $79
0.38 oz
1000 songs
1 GB $80, 2 $100
1.5", 1.5 oz, microSD
750 songs
8 GB $149, 16 $179
2.2", 320 x 240, 1.28 oz
4,000 songs, camera
160 GB $249
2.5", 320 x 240,
.4.9 oz 40K songs
8 GB $199, 32 $299, 64 $399
3.5", 480 x 320,.4.05 oz
multi-touch interface
Creative ZEN Stone Plus Samsung - YP-K3 Creative Zen Archos 705-WiFi Microsoft Zune
2 GB $70
OLED, 64x64, 0.75. oz
2 GB $120, 4 $170
 1.8", 0.76 oz
4G $150, 8 $200, 16 $300
2.5", 320 x 240, 2.3 oz

80 GB $400, 160 $500
7", 800 x 480, 22 oz

8 GB $139, 16 $179
1.8", 320 x 240, 1.7 oz
120 HD $249
3.2", 4.5 oz / 30 - 3", 5.6 oz 


Portable Media Player Trends - Holiday 2009


Trends - Q1 2009

  • Samsung P3 - Bluetooth wireless, speaker, touch screen
  • iriver - OLED
  • SanDIsk - slotMusic, slotRadio
  • LG Touch Watch Phone

Trends - 2008

Portable media players add video and connectivity, while mobile phones add media and Internet playback, both overlapping further with features including Internet radio, streaming video, and Web access. And both do GPS, while GPS navigators add media and hands-free phone. Now you can watch TV while reading the live map, and talking on the phone.

  • Media beyond music - Multi-GB, need display, MP3 player to media player
  • Flash memory goes video - widescreen
  • Converge formats - AAC audio, MPEG-4 video, Flash video (Samsung)
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Stereo music, remote control, mobile phone, file transfer (Samsung)
  • Wi-Fi networking: Player to player, Internet radio (SanDisk), 
        Wireless sync (Zune), Stream from home network, Web (Archos, iPhone / iPod touch)
  • Integration with set-top TV - Record and play (Archos, SanDisk TakeTV)
  • Convergence: Mobile phones, PDA phones (iPhone), Media player phone/Web, GPS / Navigation

Player Features

Categories

  • Stick Music Players
    • Headphone jack and play controls
    • Plus: Display, FM radio, voice recording, replaceable batteries
  • Flash Music Players
    • Add larger display, controls, navigation, photos
    • Clumsy to manage large collection of 500-plus songs using small screen on a tiny 1 GB player
    • Add color display, menu to choose music by artist, or album, or genre, or playlists
    • Show album art, plus photo slide shows, video
  • Flash Wireless Players
    • Add data communications
  • Hard Disk Video Players
    • Add hard disk, organization
    • Just sync and store entire large collection
    • Capacity to hold entire TV shows or feature-length movies
    • 10 times the storage, larger screen for music, photos, and videos

Physical Design

  • Size and weight vs. screen size and controls
  • Screen
            Size, text lines, graphics res., color depth
        Thumb players: none, OLED few lines
        Flash music players: 1" - 2"
        Flash media players: 2" - 2.5", 320 x 240, widescreen
        Hard drive players: 2.5" 320 x 240 - 5X7" 800 x 480
  • Capacity
            Flash to hard disk, expandable mini/microSD
        Thumb players: 1 / 2 GB -- 250 songs
        Flash music players: 1, 2, 4 GB -- 1000 songs
        Flash video players: 4, 8, 16 GB -- 2000 songs
        Hard drive players: 20 - 80 - 160 GB -- 40,000 songs
  • Expansion
        mini/microSD memory card slot
  • Battery
        Built-in rechargeable, removable
        Play / charge time, removable vs. USB charge
  • Play controls
        Control pad, dedicated, touch screen
  • Interfaces:
         Audio: Headphones, speaker
         A/V: Line in, A/V in/out, dock
         Host: USB 2.0, sync data and power - Custom vs. mini USB connector
         Wireless: Bluetooth (headphones), Wi-Fi (players, home net, Internet radio)

Functions

  • Playback: Music / Audio books, FM, Photos, Video, Text - Native formats
  • Audio: MP3, AAC [DRM], WMA [DRM], OGG, Audible, WAV ...  AAC
        ID info, Album art
        Sound enhance: EQ settings, virtual speakers
  • Audio: Music, podcasts, e-books
  • FM Radio: Preset stations, Voice recorder
        FM broadcast: Play thru car radio
  • Photos: Slide show, with music
  • Video: Widescreen, portrait / landscape, scan forward
  • Text: E-book, lyrics
  • Recorder
        Voice record, FM radio, line in, A/V input
  • Applications
        Clock / timer, Games
        Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List, Microsoft Outlook sync

Host / Interface Features

  • Host interface: iTunes, Windows Media Player, custom
        Media format conversion and downsizing
  • Removable disk: Drag and drop files from host
  • Navigation: Format, genre, artist, . (from ID3 tag, not host)
  • Playlists: Create / edit
  • File management: Delete, transfer

Connectivity Features

  • Host sync
        wired USB, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth connectivity
        Stereo to headphones & speakers
        Playback remote control
        File transfer
        Mobile phone answer / call
  • Wi-Fi networking
        Player to player
        Internet radio, Stream from home network
        General Web, download

Media Formats

Unprotected / Digital Rights Management (DRM)

  • MP3 for unprotected music (AAC, WMA)
  • Different for ripped / purchased: better compression, DRM (Digital Rights Management) 
  • Apple: MPEG media standards, AAC audio, MPEG-4 H.264 / AVC video
        FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management) 
  • Non-iPod: Microsoft Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV)
       
    Windows Media DRM -- "Plays For Sure" logo (www.playsforsure.com
  • Except: Microsoft Zune different DRM

Download / Purchased vs. Streaming / Rental / Subscription

  • Apple only sells music (and movies) as purchased downloads
  • Other online stores and compatible devices also offer streaming over the Internet, 
        renting through monthly subscriptions to full library of available content 
        (i.e., $4.99 a month for access to over 1 million songs at music.yahoo.com)
  • Windows Media compatible: Yahoo Music, Napster, Movielink, and CinemaNow
  • eMusic to purchase music in unrestricted MP3 format

Media File Formats

  • Native to player vs. converted by host during sync
  • Audio: MP3, AAC [DRM], WMA [DRM], WAV, OGG, Audible ...  AAC
  • Photo: JPEG, BMP, TIFF ...
  • Video: MPEG4, WMV9, DivX, MJPEG ... Flash

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Updates

  • 9/10 - iPod shuffle 4 controls, nano 6 multitouch music, touch 4 Retina display, HD cameras, gyro
  • 1/10 - Apple iPad
  • 10/09 - MIcrosoft Zune HD
  • 10/09 - Sony PSPgo
  • 9/09 - Apple iPod nano 5g camera, classic 3g 160GB, shuffle (3g) 2 GB $59, touch 3g 8 GB $199
  • 3/09 - Apple iPod shuffle gen 3
  • 2/09 - Samsung P3, Slacker G2
  • 1/09 - SanDisk Sansa slotRadio Player
  • 10/08 - SanDisk Sansa slotMusic Player, Sony PSP-3000
  • 9/08 - Apple iPod nano 4, touch 2, shuffle, classic; Microsoft Zune update
  • 8/08 - Creative ZEN Mosaic
  • 8/08 - Samsung YP-S2 Pebble
  • 7/08 - Creative ZEN X-Fi / with Wireless LAN
  • 6/08 - Apple iPhone 3G
  • 1/08 - iriver Mplayer
  • 1/08 - SanDisk Sansa Clip 4 GB, Sansa View 32 GB
  • 11/07 - Microsoft Zune: 4/8, 80 GB
  • 10/07 - SanDisk Sansa TakeTV; Npower Fission Digital Music Player, Personal CD Player 
  • 9/07 - Apple iPod shuffle, nano video, classic, touch; Creative ZEN; Samsung YP-T10, P2, S5
  • 6/07 - ARCHOS Generation 5; Creative ZEN Stone; Samsung YP-U3, K3; SanDisk Sansa Clip, Sansa View
  • 5/07 - RCA Gem Line
  • 4/08 - Creative Zen Stone / Plus with Speaker, SanDisk Sansa Fuze
  • 4/07 - SanDisk Sansa Shaker, Express, Connect
  • 3/07 - Archos 704-WiFi

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Early Music Players (1998)


Diamond Rio PMP-300 - First Successful MP3 Player (9/1998)

  • First commercially successful MP3 player
  • Size of a deck of cards

Product Description:

  • Internet Music in the Palm of Your Hand!
  • First portable MP3 music player for under $200 that stores up to 60 minutes of digital-quality sound.
  • It's smaller than an audio cassette and has no moving parts, so it never skips.
  • Powered by a single AA battery, Rio provides up to 12 hours of continuous music playback.

Product Specs:

  • Palm size for easy portability
  • Supports MP3 compression
  • 32MB built-in flash memory
  • Expandable playback time with removable flash cards
  • Skip free - no moving parts
  • MusicMatch Jukebox Limited Edition software for converting CD's to an MP3 format
  • CD Music Sampler
    • Goodnoise: The premier source on the net for high-quality, downloadable music
    • MP3.com: Tons of songs from new artists
    • MP3 songs from MusicMatch and Audio Explosion, also included
  • $199.95, RIO 16MB Flash Memory Upgrade $49.95

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Sample Apple iPod Players (2001-)


See the Apple iPod / iPhone Gallery for more on the iPod and other product lines, market, and chronology


Apple iPod (original - 2001)

(photo of iPod Photo)

 


Apple iPod mini - Flash  (original 1/2005)

  • 4 GB $199 / 6 GB $249, 3.6 oz.
  • 1.67" grayscale LCD

Apple iPod shuffle - Stick (original 2/2005)

  • No display, non-replaceable battery
  • 0.78 ounce, 3.3 x 0.98 x 0.33, 12 hrs battery 
  • 2/05 - 512 MB $99, 1 GB $149 (120 / 240 songs)
  • 6/05 - 512 MB $99, 1 GB $129
  • 3/06 - 512 MB $69, 1 GB $99

 

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Sample Creative MuVo / ZEN Players (~2002-)


Creative Product Line -- 9/07
 


Creative Muvo TX FM -- MP3 Player  (2004)

       

  • 6/05 - 128 MB $69, 256 MB $79, 512 MB $119, 1 GB $149
  • Display, FM radio, voice recorder, 1 oz.
  • www.creative.com

    Find the Creative Muvo TX FM on Amazon.com


Creative Zen Portable Media Center  -- 3.8", 12 oz, 20 GB (9/2004)

Microsoft defined the Portable Media Center (PMC) as a new class of portable device that integrates directly with Windows Media Player -- select clips or playlists under the media Library, and click Sync to transfer them to the device, converting formats as needed. The interface for PMC devices is familiar from Media Center PCs, with simple menus designed for simple controls (i.e., accessed across the room with a remote control instead of a mouse and keyboard). But since the focus for PMC devices is video playback, it makes sense to increase the screen size (and resolution) and bulk up the player a bit to provide more accessible controls.

Windows Media Player 10, released in September 2004, supports synchronizing a media library (music, photos, and video) with over 70 supported portable devices (identified with Microsoft's new PlaysForSure logo program, www.playsforsure.com). Media Player 10 also enhances purchasing protected content from online stores, using Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), and maintaining the DRM protection into supported portable devices.

  • 3.8 inch LCD TFD display, 320 x 240 resolution
  • Analog audio and video out for TV display (NTSC or PAL)
  • WMV, WMA, MP3 audio; JPEG images
  • Store 9,000 songs / 85 hours of movies in WM9
  • Play 22 hours audio, 7 video
  • 5.67 x 3.18 x 1.06 in, 12 oz
  • 20 GB HD $499; 40 GB

 


Creative Zen Vision  -- 3.7", 8.4 oz, 30 GB (10/2005)

  • 1/07 - 30 GB $399
  • 10/05 - 30 GB $399
  • 120 hrs movies, 15K songs
  • 3.7" LCD, 640 x 480
  • 4.9 x 2.9 x 0.8 in., 8.4 oz.
  • Speakers, A/V out
  • FM radio, 32 presets, FM / voice record
  • Removable Li-Ion battery: 4.5 hrs video, 13 music
  • Video: MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, WMV9 (w/ DRM), MJPEG
  • MP3, WMA (DRM), LPCM, JPG
  • Personal Organizer: Outlook
  • www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213

    Find the Creative Zen Vision  
        on Amazon.com

 


Creative Zen Nano Plus -- MP3 Player - 0.8 oz., 1 GB  (3/2006)

    Find the Creative Zen Nano Plus on Amazon.com


Creative Zen V / V Plus -- 1.5", 1.6 oz, 1 - 4 GB  (8/2006)

  • ZEN V: 1/09 - 1 GB $59
  • ZEN V Plus: 1/09 - 2 GB $69, 4 GB $89
  • 4/08 - 2 GB $69
  • 6/07 - 1 GB $78, 2 GB $99, 4 GB $133, 8 GB $187
  • 1/07 - 1 GB $99, 2 GB $139, 4 GB $179, 8 GB $219
  • 06 - 1 GB $129, 2 GB $169, 4 GB $229, 8 GB
  • 1.5" color OLED, 128 x 128
  • 2.6 x 1.5 x 0.6, 1.6 oz
  • MP3, WMA / DRM, IMA ADPCM, 15 hrs
  • JPEG photos
  • Voice/line-in record
  • Plus: FM tuner (Plus), Uncompressed AVI video
  • 5-way joystick, std mini-USB connector
  • Sync with Outlook
  • www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213

    Find the Creative Zen V Plus on Amazon.com


Creative Zen Vision W -- 4.3" widescreen, 10.5 oz, 30 & 60 GB  (8/2006)

  • 6/07 - 30 GB $299, 60 GB $383
  • 1/07 - 30 GB $299, 60 GB $399; 8/06
  • 4.3" WQVGA wide-screen TFT LCD, 480 x 272
  • 30 GB - 134mm x 75mm x 22mm, 276g (with battery) / 
        5.27 x 2.95 x 1.04 in, 10.5 ounces
  • Speaker, FM radio, voice recorder
  • Removable, rechargable Li-Ion battery: > 13hrs audio, > 4.5hrs video
  • Video : AVI, WMV9, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4-SP, 
        MJPEG, DivX 4.x/ 5.x, XviD-SP
  • Audio : MP3, WMA, WAV, Photo: JPEG
  • Audio Out: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, built-in speaker
  • Video Out: Composite TV-Out; supports NTSC and PAL systems
  • Compact Flash Card Type I & II card slots - Direct transfer
  • Syncs with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks
  • www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213

    Find the Creative Zen Vision W on Amazon.com


Creative Zen Vision:M -- FM, Voice, Video Out - 2.5", 5.7 oz, 30 & 60 GB  (2006)

  • 06, 4/08: 30 GB $249, 60 GB $299
  • 2.5" LCD, 320 x 240
  • 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.73", 5.7 oz.
  • Vertical touch pad, Shortcut button, 5 colors
  • Li-Ion battery: 14 hr. music, 4 video
  • Audio MP3, WMA/DRM, WAV; JPEG images
  • Video MPEG-1,-2,-4, WMV, Motion-JPEG
  • FM radio, Voice recording
  • TV Video out
  • USB hosting: copy photos direct from digital camera 
  • Personal Organizer: sync Outlook
  • www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=213

    Find the Creative Zen Vision:M on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN Stone -- Tiny MP3 Player - 0.65 oz., 1 GB  (6/2007)

 

 

 

    Find the Creative ZEN Stone on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN Stone Plus -- MP3 Player - 0.74 oz., 2 GB  (9/2007)

 

 

 

  • 12/08 ~ 2 GB $54, 4 GB $89
  • Introduced 9/07 - 2 GB $69 
  • 2 GB (1000 WMA songs, 64 hrs.), 6 colors; 
  • Blue OLED display, 64 x 64 resolution
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Polymer battery,
        2 GB 9.5 hours audio playback, 4 GB 12 hours
  • MP3, WMA, Audible, WAV (IMA-ADPCM 8kHz, 4-bit mono) ?
  • Audible (2 and 3)
  • FM radio: 32 preset stations, Voice recording
  • 2.2 x 1.4 x 0.5", 0.74 oz
  • www.creative.com/products...

    Find the Creative ZEN Stone Plus on Amazon.com


Creative Zen -- 2.5", 2.3 oz, 32 GB  (~ 9/2007)

  • 11/09 - 2 GB $59, 4 GB $99, 32 GB $179
  • 2/09 - 2 GB $69, 4 GB $99, 8 GB $129, 16 GB $179
  • 12/08 - 2 GB $79, 4 GB $99, 8 GB $129, 16 GB $179
  • 3/08 - 2 GB $79, 4 GB $99, 8 GB $129, 16 GB $199, 32 GB $399
  • Introduced ~ 9/07 - 4 GB $149, 8 GB $199, 16 GB $299
  • Credit card-sized media player - unprotected AAC format
  • 2.5" TFT LCD, 16.7 million colors, 320 x 240 pixels
  • 2.2 x 3.3 x 0.44", 2.3 oz
  • FM Radio: 32 preset stations, Voice recorder
  • Expansion SD card slot
  • EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
  • Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List, Microsoft Outlook sync
  • Album Art
  • Video: MJPEG, WMV9, MPEG4-SP3, DivX 4/5, XviD
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC4 (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
  • Photo: JPEG
  • Embedded Li-ion battery, Up to 25 hrs audio playtime, 5 hrs video
  • http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp...

    Find the Creative Zen on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN Stone with Speaker -- 0.84 oz., 1 - 2 GB  (4/2008)

    Find the Creative ZEN Stone with Speaker on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN Stone Plus With Speaker -- AAC - 0.95 oz., 2 GB  (4/2008)

    Find the Creative ZEN Stone Plus with Speaker on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN X-Fi - 2.5", 2.4 oz., 8 - 32 GB (7/2008)

  • X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio technology, includes EP-830 earphones
       
    X-Fi Expand to expand sound forward for natural listening experience over headphones
            that simulates the sound from stereo speakers
  • 2.5" screen, TFT 16.7 million color LCD, 320 x 240 pixels
  • FM Radio: 32 presets, 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ, Voice Recording
  • Built-in speaker, alarm; Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List (sync with Outlook)
  • SD slot: Expand storage with SD or SDHC card
  • Video: MJPEG, WMV, MPEG-4 (DivX and XviD)
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC5, WAV (ADPCM), Audible, Album Art; Photo: JPEG
  • Creative Centrale software: Rip and organize media -www.creative.com/getstarted/zenxfi
        Also separate Video Converter application
  • Manage video and audio podcast channels with ZENcast Organizer on www.zencast.com
  • Built-in Li-ion battery, Up to 36 hours continuous audio playback
        13 hours audio with speaker,  20 hours FM radio, 5 hours video, 4 hours video with speaker
  • Charges only from computer USB or ZEN charger - Not USB hubs, not USB chargers
  • 3.3" x 2.2" x 0.5",  2.4 oz
  • PR 7/08 - www.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/releases/welcome.asp?pid=12963
  • www.creative.com/zenxfi

Creative ZEN X-Fi 2 - Touchscreen

  • 11/09 - 8 GB $129, 16 GB $179, 32 GB $229

Creative ZEN X-Fi - 8 GB (7/08)

    Find the Creative ZEN X-Fi 
        on Amazon.com

* Creative ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN - 16 - 32 GB (7/08)

  • 11/09 - 16 GB $149, 32 GB $199
  • 16 GB $199, 32 GB $279
  • 7/08 - 16 GB $329, 32 GB $399
  • Wireless LAN : IEEE 802.11 b/g, 
        WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK security
  • Stream music and photos wirelessly from PC 
        within home network
  • Streaming content from Creative MediaBox server
  • Free instant messaging over popular IM services
        Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live! Messenger
        with ZEN X-Fi chat account
  • http://us.creative.com/products/...

    Find the Creative ZEN X-Fi Wireless 
        on Amazon.com


Creative ZEN Mosaic - Speaker (8/2008)

  • Music & video player, playful mosaic keypad, built-in speaker.
  • 11/09 - 2 GB $59, 4 GB $59, 8 GB $79, 16 GB $99
  • 8/08 - 2 GB $59, 4 GB $79, 8 GB $99, 16 GB $149, black, silver, pink
        2 GB = 500 songs, 16 GB = 4,000 songs (at 128 kbps MP3)
  • 1.8" TFT LCD Color Display, 128 x 160 pixels; NO SD slot
  • Voice Recording, FM Radio, 32 preset stations
        clock, stopwatch, radio alarm,EQ : 8 presets and 5 band custom
  • Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List (sync with Outlook)
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV (IMA-ADPCM), Audible; Album Art
  • Photo: JPEG; Video: Transcoded with bundled software (*.avi)
  • Rip and organize media with Creative Centrale software
         www.creative.com/getstarted/zenmozaic
  • Manage video and audio podcast channels 
        with ZENcast Organizer on www.zencast.com
  • Built-in Li-ion battery, Up to 32 hours continuous audio play, 5 hours video
  • Charges only from computer USB or ZEN charger
        Not USB hubs, not USB chargers
  • 3.1" x 1.6" x 0.5", 0.1 lbs
  • PR 8/08 - http://us.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/...
  • www.creative.com/zenmozaic
  • http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp...

    Find the Creative Zen Mosaic on Amazon.com

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Sample Other Fun Players (2005-)


Handheld Media - ZVUE Personal Media Player (2005)

  • Inexpensive playback engine for kids or school -- add memory as needed
  • Minimizes cost (down to $99) - No built-in memory, larger AA batteries
  • Relatively large screen - 2.5", 160 x 240
  • Chunky - 5 ounces without batteries, 4.33 x 2.91 x 1.1 in.
  • No speaker, second headphone jack
  • www.hheld.com
  • www.zvue.com

 


iriver U10 (2005)

  • Compact flash-based player with built-in memory
  • Smaller but higher-resolution screen - 2.22", 320 x 240
  • Compact - 2.7 x 1.8 x 0.6 in., 2.50 oz.
  • No controls -- navigate by pressing around edges of screen
  • Includes FM tuner and voice recorder
  • 512 MB for $199, 1 GB for $249
  • www.iriveramerica.com
  • www.iriverclix.com

 


mobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube MP3 Player - 1 GB  (2005)

  • DAH-1500i, 512 MB $99, 1 GB $129
  • Cube less than one inch square (0.94 inches, and 0.63 ounces)
  • Blue OLED Display (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
  • USB / power / headphone jack
  • MP3, WMA, WMA DRM
  • FM radio, voice recorder
  • Clock, EQ presets, SRS WOW
  • Navigate folders
  • Li-Ion battery, USB recharge
  • www.mobiblu.com

    Find the mobiBLU DAH-1500i on Amazon.com


iriver Mplayer - Tiny MP3 player - 0.6 oz., 1 GB (2007)

   

  • Tiny Mickey Mouse head (1.7 inches from ear to ear) 
  • 1 GB music player
  • Twist one ear to adjust volume up/down, other ear to skip next/previous within or between tracks.
  • Headphone jack between ears, Mini-USB 2.0 port on bottom
  • Power button on side, small light for status
  • File support: MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF; Bit Rate MP3, WMA : 8kbps ~ 320kbps
  • Built-in Lithium Polymer Rechargeable Battery (not fixed)
  • Continuous Playback Time: Approx. 9 hours (128kbps, MP3, EQ Normal, volume 20)
  • Audio Frequency Range 20Hz~20kHz, Headphone Output Power 18mW(R) 18mW(L), S/N Ratio 90dB
  • O/S Windows requirement Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
  • Approx.. 44.0(W) X 39.5(D) X 30.0(H) mm (1.7 x 1.5 x 1.18 in.), 17g (0.6 oz)
  • 1/08 - Top seller in Korea, launch dates in U.S. still tentative
  • www.iriver.com/product/p_detail.asp?pidx=86
  • www.iriveramerica.com

Kingston K-PEX -- Video playback, miniSD - 2", 2.3 oz, 1 & 2 GB  (8/2006)

  • Kingston's first line of portable media players
  • 1 GB $129, 2 GB $179
  • Personal Entertainment eXperience, Flash-based
  • 2" color TFT LCD, 220 x 176
  • 3.7 x 1.8 x 0.57", 2.3 oz
  • MPX Video, JPEG Photo, Text, Games
  • Music: MP3, WAV, WMA, Ogg
  • FM radio, voice recorder, speaker
  • Rechargeable lithium, 17 hours
  • Transfer files from USB Flash drives, miniSD slot
  • www.kingston.com/flash/kpex.asp

    Find the Kingston K-PEX on Amazon.com

 


Sony Rolly (2008)

   

  • Egg-shaped music player with lights and wheels that dances to the music
  • Six moving parts: small arms, shoulders and wheels
  • Animated by pop-out ends for 180-degree horizontal opposed stereo speakers
  • Create and share original dance routine programs
  • Bluetooth for wireless streaming music from compatible PC or mobile phone
  • 2 GB flash memory, up to 520 songs
  • non-secure AAC and MP3
  • Available in U.S. spring 2008
  • Press release - http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/portable_audio/release/32606.html

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Sample SanDisk Sanza Players (2005-)



SanDisk Sansa m200 -- FM, Voice -- 1.8 oz, to 4 GB  (10/2005)

  • 06, 1/07 - 512 MB $49, 1 GB $69,  2 GB $99, 4 GB $119
  • Indigo backlit multi-line LCD
  • USB 2.0, 1.8 oz.
  • Removable AAA battery, 19 hrs.
  • Radio: Digital FM tuner, 20 presets
  • Voice recorder: Built-in microphone
  • Formats: MP3, WMA, Audible (PlaysForSure - Microsoft DRM)
  • Custom navigation by ID3 tag
  • www.sandisk.com

    Find the SanDisk m200 on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa e100 - e130/e140 -- FM -- 1.8 oz, to 4 GB  (10/2005)

  • Plays MP3, protected WMA, Audible
  • Stopwatch, FM tuner with 20 presets, no voice recorder
  • Scrollwheel on the upper-right corner
  • SD cards up to 2GB ($180)
  • 2.75 x 2.0 x 0.5 inches, 1.6 oz
  • 1 AAA battery, 8+ hours MP3, 16+ WMA
  • e130 - 512 MB $140 ($100 street) - blue, white, silver body
  • e140 - 1 GB $190 ($140) silver and white

SanDisk Sansa c100 -- AAA - 1.2" Color, 1.6 oz, 1 & 2 GB  (3/2006) 

  • 06, 1/07 - 1 GB $79, 2 GB $109
  • 1.21" color, 1.6 oz
  • 1.35 x 3.10 x 0.94 inches, 1.6 ounces
  • Removable AAA battery, 15 hrs play
  • www.sandisk.com/sansa

    Find the SanDisk c150 on Amazon.com

SanDisk Sansa c200 -- microSD - 1.4", 1.5 oz, 1 & 2 GB  (9/2006)

  • 4/08 - C240 1 GB $59, C250 2 GB $79
  • 06, 1/07 - 1 GB $79, 2 GB $99
  • 1.4" color LCD, 128 x 98 pixels
  • 1.3 x 3.1 x .6", 1.51 oz w/ battery
  • Replaceable Li-Ion battery, 15 hrs play
  • microSD (+2 GB)
  • www.sandisk.com/sansa

    Find the SanDisk c250 on Amazon.com

Both

  • Song info, album art, photos, slides w/ music
  • Radio: Digital FM tuner, 20 presets
  • Voice recorder: Built-in microphone
  • Formats: MP3, WMA, Audible (WMA PlaysForSure - Microsoft DRM)
  • www.sandisk.com/sansa

 


SanDisk Sansa e200 -- microSD - 1.8", 2.6 oz, 2 - 8 GB  (1/2006)

  • 1.8" color LCD (QCIF+)
  • Music playback, FM tuner, voice recorder
  • Photos, Video playback
  • microSD expansion slot  (+2 GB)
  • Liquidmetal back casing, backlit controls 
  • Replaceable Li-Ion battery, 20 hrs
  • MP3, WMA (DRM), Audible; MPEG video
  • 1.70 x 3.50 x 0.52", 2.6 oz
  • 1/06 - 2 GB $139, 4 $179, 6 $219, 8 GB $249

 


* SanDisk Sansa Express -- microSD - 1.1" , 1 & 2 GB  ( 3/2007)

   

  • 4/08 - 1 GB $49.99, 2 GB $69.99
  • 7/07 - 1 GB $59.99, 2 GB $79.99
  • 3/07 - 1 GB, $59
  • Bright, four-line 1.1" OLED Screen
  • 0.99 x 3.09 x 0.64 inches
  • microSD expansion slot (1 GB + 2 GB microSD = 750 songs)
  • Built-in USB connector: No cable needed
  • Digital FM tuner, FM recording, Built in Mic for Voice recording
  • Rechargeable lithium Polymer battery, 15-hour
  • Supports MP3, WMA, protected WMA, WAV, and Audible files
  • Supports most subscription music stores
  • www.sandisk.com

    Find related SanDisk articles in the Manifest Tech Blog

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Express on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa Connect -- Wi-Fi - 2.2", 4 GB  (3/2007)

  • 9/07 - 4 GB, $129 
  • 3/07 - 4 GB, $249
  • 2.2" TFT color screen, backlit controls
  • 2.05 x 3.58 x 0.63 in.
  • Music and photo playback, Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music
  • Wi-Fi "Connect" - access or purchase content, Community connections
  • Play Internet radio stations 
  • With Yahoo! ID listen to LAUNCHcast Internet radio, browse Flickr photos, 
        communicate Yahoo! Messenger friends, other Sansa Connect users nearby
  • Yahoo! Music Unlimited To Go subscription: discover and download music, 
        listen to and download tracks friends have recommended
  • Internal speaker
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • microSD expansion slot
  • Multi-pin universal connector: "Made for Sansa" accessories, charge, USB 2.0
  • www.sandisk.com

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Connect on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa View - Pocket Video Player (CES - 3/2007) -- Cancelled !

   

  • 4" widescreen color display
  • 78.5mm x 123mm x 16.9mm (0.66" thick)
  • Video, music and photo formats (8 GB = 33 hours video or 2,000 songs)
  • Integrated speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • SD expansion slot: SanDisk TrustedFlash and SD High Capacity (SDHC) cards
  • AV-output to TV through 30-pin connector (up to 1080i with docking station)
  • Rechargeable, removable Li-Polymer battery, up to 10 hours audio, 4 hours video
  • Works with download and music subscription services, Rhapsody, MTV Urge, Yahoo! Music
  • Works with Windows Media Player 10 or 11 for syncing, works with Windows Vista
  • Pre-loaded content such as full-length movies, short films, videos clips, photos and music from CineQuest and eMusic.
  • 3/07 - 8 GB, $299
  • www.sandisk.com

SanDisk Sansa Shaker -- Fun Player - 1 & 2 GB  (4/2007)

  • Introduced 7/07 - 512 KB $29.99, 1 GB $39.99
  • Introduced 7/07 - 1 GB $59.99, 2 GB $79.99
  • Fun interactive MP3 player, round hourglass design
        no display, no built-in memory
  • ~ 2 3/4 high x 1 1/2" diameter
  • Two headphone jacks for sharing music
    Built in Speaker at top end
  • Rotate controller bands top & bottom:  volume & forward/reverse navigation
  • Shake (while pressing Play/Pause) to skip randomly to the next song
  • Sound effects: Drum roll up/down for power on/off, 
        Shutter for shake, Uh-oh for problems
  • Supports MP3 and PCM WAV formats
  • Twist bottom end cap off:
        AAA battery (15 hours playback), SD Card slot (up to 2 GB), USB interface
  • Cool colors and packaging, designed for younger demographic: age 8+
  • www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog...

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Shaker on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa Clip -- MP3 Player - 1 - 8 GB  (8/2007)

[Clip+ - microSD (2009)]

  • 11/09 - 2 GB $39, 4 GB $49, 8 GB $69
  • 2/09 - 1 GB $34, 2 GB $49, 4 GB $59, 8 GB $99
  • 2/08 - 4 GB, $79 
  • Introduced 8/07 - 1 GB $39 - black; 2 GB $59 - sleek black, candy apple red, hot pink and ice blue
  • Plays MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Audible audio file formats
  • FM tuner with 40 preset channels
  • Voice recording with built-in microphone
  • Clip is detatchable
  • Up to 15 hours of play time with internal rechargeable battery
  • 0.9 ounces
  • http://go.shopsansa.com/content/clip
  • www.sansa.com

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Clip on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa View - microSD - 2.4", 2.9 oz, 32 GB  (~ 10/2007)

  • 2/09, 11/09 -- 8 GB $149, 16 GB $179, 32 GB, $249 - 48 2-hr movies / 8K songs
  • 9/07, 4/08 - 8 GB $149, 16 GB $199, 32 GB, $349
  • Announced CES 1/07, redesigned 9/07
  • 2.4" color TFT screen, 320 x 240 resolution
  • 4.29 x 1.95 x 0.35", 2.9 oz
  • Digital FM radio with 20 pre-sets
  • Voice recorder, built-in microphone
  • MicroSD/SDHC expansion slot for additional storage (8 GB)
  • Music: MP3, WMA / protected, WAV, Audible audiobook; Gapless playback
        Subscription music: Rhapsody
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, and WMV
  • Photo: JPEG - up to 16 megapixel
  • Rechargeable, long-lasting lithium polymer battery
        35 hours audio playback, 7 video 
  • http://go.shopsansa.com/content/view
  • www.sansa.com

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Viewon Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa Family - e200 (2008)

           

    Find the SanDisk Sansa e280 on Amazon.com


SanDisk Sansa Fuze -- microSD - 1.9", 2.1 oz, 2 - 8 GB  (~ 4/2008)

   

  • 2/09, 11/09 - 2 GB $69, 4 GB $79, 8 GB $99
  • 4/08 - 2 GB $79, 4 GB $99, 8 GB $129
  • 1.9" screen, 220 x 176 color TFT - Black, Pink, Red, Blue, Silver
  • microSD / microSDHC slot / 5/08 - 1 / 2 GB microSD ($19 / $29), 4 / 8 GB microSDHC ($49 / $139)
  • Battery: 24 hours of music, 5 hours of video; 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.3 in., 2.1 oz
  • Built-in microphone; FM tuner, 40 presets
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, secure WMA, WAV, Audible
  • Video: MPEG4 (220 x 176 (QCIF), MPEG4-SP, 20 fps, to 500 kbps; Photos: JPEG
  • Subscription music: Yahoo! Music, Rhapsody To Go, Napster, eMusic
  • PR 2/08 - www.sandisk.com/Corporate/PressRoom/PressReleases/PressRelease.aspx?ID=4136
  • http://go.shopsansa.com/content/fuze
  • www.sansa.com

    Find the SanDisk Sansa Fuze on Amazon.com

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Sample Microsoft Zune Players (2006-)


Microsoft Zune --  WiFi

  • Music and entertainment platform -- "Connected entertainment"
  • All 320 x 240 color, Built-in FM, Wi-Fi for Zune sharing
  • All wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g,b, 54/11 Gbps), range up to 30 feet
  • Zune Originals online store - www.zuneoriginals.net
        Colors, Customize with laser-engraved art and personal text
  • www.zune.net
  • Blog www.ZuneInsider.com

    Find related Microsoft articles in the Manifest Tech Blog


Microsoft Zune 30 -- Original, hard drive, 3", 5.6 oz, 30 GB  (11/2006)

   

  • 30 GB, 11/06 $249 - 10/07 $149 - black, brown, white; limited edition pink
  • 3" LCD, 320 x 240, portrait / landscape
  • 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 in., 5.6 ounces
  • FM tuner - 30 presets, RBDS info
  • EQ Presets - Acoustic, classical, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, pop and rock.
  • ~ Li-Ion battery / Music: up to 14 hours (wireless off), 13 hours (wireless on); pictures to 4 hours; video to 4 hours 
        Charge Time: 3 hours; 2 hours to 90%
  • Audio: Windows Media Audio Standard (.wma): Up to 320 Kbps, CBR and VBR, up to 48-kHz sample rate 
        MP3 (.mp3): Up to 320 Kbps, CBR and VBR, up to 48-kHz sample rate 
        AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .m4b, .mov): Up to 320 Kbps, Low Complexity (LC), up to 48-kHz sample rate
  • Pictures: JPEG, convert to 640x480 at sync time
  • Video: Windows Media Video (.wmv), 320 x 240, 30 fps, with Windows Media Audio up to 192 Kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo
        Main Profile, CBR or VBR, to 1.5 Mbps peak; Simple Profile, CBR,     to 736 Kbps
  • Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g,b, 54/11 Gbps), range up to 30 feet
        Share: only Zune to Zune, select tracks, playlists and pictures (not all audio files), 3 plays over 3 days
        ~ DJ: Stream up to 4 devices
  • Import: not Windows Media DRM
        WMA, MP3, AAC; JPEG; WMV, MPEG-4, H.264 (iTunes)

    Find the Microsoft Zune 30 GB on Amazon.com


Microsoft Zune HD / Flash (11/2007)

         Zune family 11/07: Zune 8/4 flash, Zune 30, Zune 80 HD

  • Add 80 GB hard-drive and 4 and 8 GB flash memory models
  • New Zune Pad touch-sensitive navigation button
  • New Wireless sync, Extended Zune-to-Zune sharing
  • New Zune Social, beta online community Web site
  • Zune Marketplace online store
  • New models have Zune Pad touch-sensitive navigation button
        touch-sensitive surface
        flick thumbs over pad to scroll through lists of songs, fast-forward slide shows or videos
        navigate using physical cues by pressing on four sides or the center of button
        pause, advance track, adjust volume without looking

New Zune software features Nov. 2007

  • Existing Zune owners will automatically receive new software features,
        redesigned PC and device software, access to the new Zune Marketplace
  • Zune software redesigned with new menus, look and feel, helpful new features
        easy to customize background screen with personal picture
  • Wireless sync: Automatically sync over home wireless network with collection on PC
        Sync when the device is placed in dock or plugged in to charge, or manual
  • Extended wireless sharing between devices
        Share select full-length songs, albums, playlists, pictures, audio podcasts
        Listen to received songs up to three times with no time restrictions
        Pass along songs to other Zunes
  • Import recorded television broadcast content
        Recorded on Microsoft Windows Media Center for Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate

Zune Social, beta online community Web site, Nov. 2007

  • Share music tastes, knowledge and experiences with others
  • Discover new music and connect to people with similar musical tastes
  • Create a Zune Card and personal profile at Zune.net to reflect your musical identity
        Automatically updates to reflect music listening on Zune, or Zune software on computer
        Shows most recently played tracks and highlights all-time music favorites
  • Invite friends, share song recommendations, post comments and browse member pages

Zune Marketplace online store - restocked and redesigned

  • More than 3 million songs, thousands of music videos, over 1,000 free audio and video podcasts
  • More than 1 million digital rights management (DRM)-free MP3s, play on any digital media players
  • Buy individual songs and albums
  • Zune Pass for unlimited downloads for flat monthly rate of $14.99
  • Microsoft Points work across Zune and Xbox LIVE Marketplace, 79 cents / track

Microsoft Zune Flash -- 1.8", 1.7 oz, 8 & 16 GB (9/2008)


Zune 8/4
with wireless sync
  • 11/09 - street - Zune 4 $76, 8 $130, 16 $219
  • 11/08 flash reductions: 4 GB $99, 8 GB $139, new 16 GB $179
  • 9/08: 8 GB $149, new 16 GB $199 (remaining 4 GB $129)
  • Introduced 11/07: 4 GB $149, 8 GB $199
  • 1.8 inch glass screen, 320 x 240
  • 8 GB Pink, green, black, blue, red; 16 GB black
  • 4 GB - up to 975 songs, 25,000 pictures, 12 hours video
    8 GB - up to 2,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, 25 hours video
    16 GB - up to 4,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures, 48 hours of video
  • Built-in FM with RDS/RBDS, Wi-Fi for Zune sharing
  • WMV (720x480), h.264 (720x480), MPEG-4 (720x480),
    DVR-MS (transcode at sync)
  • Battery up to 24 hours (wireless off); video 4 hours (4, 8, 16 GB)
        Charge 3 hours; 2 hours to 90%
  • 41.4 x 91.5 x 8.5 mm, 1.7 ounces (4, 8, 16 GB)

    Find the  Microsoft Zune 16 GB on Amazon.com


Microsoft Zune Hard Drive, 3.2", 4.5 oz., 120 GB (9/2008)

   
        Zune family 9/08 (4 and 80 remaining stock)

  • 11/09 - street - Zune 80 $199, 120 $229
  • 9/08 - new 120 GB $249 (remaining 80 GB $229)
  • Introduced 11/07 80 GB $249
  • Black only
  • 3.2 inch screen, 320 x 240
  • 80 GB - up to 20,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, 250 hours video
    120 GB - up to 30,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, 375 hours video
  • Built-in FM with RDS/RBDS, Wi-Fi for Zune sharing
  • WMV (720x480), h.264 (720x480), MPEG-4 (720x480), DVR-MS (transcode at sync)
       WMA, WMA Lossless, AAC, MP3; JPEG
  • Battery up to 30 hours (wireless off); video 4 hours
        Charge 3 hours; 2 hours to 90%
  • 61.1 x 108.2 x 12.9 mm, 4.5 ounces (80 & 120 GB)
  • premium headphones
  • Composite video output

    Find the Microsoft Zune 120 GB on Amazon.com


Zune HD - 16 & 32 GB - OLED display, HD video, HD Radio (10/2009)

  • 3.3-inch touchscreen OLED display, 16:9 widescreen (480 x 272), multi-touch navigation
  • Store 720p HD video, View on HDTVs with Zune HD AV Dock (sold separately)      
                HDMI or composite output
  • Or sync videos in standard-def to view only on the Zune
  • HD Radio digital receiver (in addition to FM)
                Tag songs for purchase over Wi-Fi or Zune PC software

 

 

  • 10/09 - Introduced - 16 GB $219 Onyx Black, 32 GB $289 Platinum Silver
  • 2/10 - Price reduction - 16 GB $199, 32 GB $269 ($189 / $249 street)
  • Zune HD 32 - Up to 8,000 songs,
                10 hours HD video, 48 hours SD video, 25,000 pictures
  • Quickplay interface for direct access shortcuts to favorites, new media
  • New full-screen Web browser over Wi-Fi, tap-to-zoom, multi-touch
  • New casual games, calculator, MSN Weather app
                Free Twitter and Facebook for Zune later this year
  • Buy, stream, and update music over Wi-Fi, download free games
                Wirelessly sync to home computer via home network
  • Zune 4.0 Software - QuickPlay, Smart DJ, Mixview, Mini mode
  • NVIDIA Tegra HD processor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g compatible
                Authentication: Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2
                Encryption: WEP 64- and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES
  • Battery: Play music up to 33 hours (wireless off); video up to 8.5 hours
                Charge approx. 3 hours through PC; 2 hours with A/C adapter
  • ~ 4 x 2 x 11/16 in. (102.1 x 52.7 x 8.9 mm), 2.6 oz. (74 g.)
  • Audio: WM, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless, AAC-LC, MP3
  • Photos: JPEG
  • Video: WMV, MPEG-4, H.264; Zune software transcodes as needed at sync
  • PR 9/09 - Launch - www.zune.net/en-us/press/2009/0915-zunelaunch.htm
  • http://www.zune.net/zunehd -> http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/zunehd/

    Find the  Microsoft Zune HD on Amazon.com


Microsoft Zune Accessories


Zune HD AV Dock (9/09)

  • All-in-one dock to charge, sync, and play HD videos on your HDTV
  • Display HD video and photos on TV
  • Send music and HD Radio reception to your home audio system
  • HDMI cable to display 720p HD video with (Zune HD only)
  • AV output cable to display 480i standard-res video (Zune HD, 120, 80)
  • Optical digital audio output (Zune HD only)
  • Antenna for FM radio and HD radio reception
  • Includes wireless remote control, docking inserts for 3 Zune mode
    • HDMI cable, AV output cables, USB AC adapter
  • 9/09 - Introduced - $89 ($70 street)
  • http://www.zune.net/en-US/products/z/zunehdavdock/

    Find the Zune HD AV Dock on Amazon.com

Zune Premium Car Pack (9/09)

  • FM transmitter/car charger, cable with Zune connector
  • Charge and play music, podcasts, and HD Radio stations (Zune HD only)
  • Audio AUX out minijack connector for better audio performance
  • USB port to simultaneously charge a second device
  • Seek up/down buttons on connector to auto-seek best available frequency
    • Displays FM station on connector (or manual)
  • Two FM preset buttons on connector swap between saved frequencies
  • 9/09 - Introduced - $79
  • http://www.zune.net/en-US/products/z/zunepremiumcarpack/

    Find the Zune Premium Car Pack on Amazon.com


Zune Software Upgrades, Sept. 2008

New Wireless Connections: Buy from FM, Zune Marketplace

  • Buy from FM - Tag and purchase songs heard on built-in FM radio
       More than 61% of people discover new music by listening to the radio
       Uses Radio Data System and RT+ data feeds within FM broadcast
       Can immediately download at Wi-Fi hot spot, or queue to download when connect to PC or hot spot
  • Access the Zune Marketplace music store directly from device
       At recognized Wi-Fi hot spot, or on home wireless network
       Download or stream it directly to the Zune device
  • Pay per track or Zune Pass subscription - Download or stream to device or PC, $14.99/month

New Zune PC software: Channels and Picks to Discover Music

  • Rich discovery and media management capabilities
  • Help consumers make the most of their existing music collections
  • Access to Zune Social and Zune Marketplace to add to collections
  • Channels: Programmed by experts from the music industry
       Billboard Top 100, Top chart from all genres and subgenres; workout high, medium and low impact
       Custom channels for user, based on favorite artists and genres.
       Included with monthly Zune Pass subscription, can sync to device, or a la carte purchase.
  • Personal Picks. Personal recommendations in Zune Marketplace
       Based on music listening to, channels, similar listeners in Zune Social
  • Zune Social online music community
       Free feed of music from the sources people trust most - their friends
       Via Zune Card, real-time playlist favorite and recently played tracks
       Accessed on the Web or within Zune software, synced to Zune device
       Playlists automatically update with most recently played tracks at hot spot. It's
  • Mixview. Dynamic, visual mosaic of related music and listeners
        Relational display mapping artists to their influences, related artists and power listeners
       Click to view in a new direction, fun, graphical way to discover new music
  • Now Playing: more interactive and cinematic
       Artist imagery, colorful effects, bios, data from Zune online community

Firmware update

  • New wireless functionality (above)
  • Games on the go. Two free games, "Hexic" and "Texas Hold 'Em"
  • Audiobooks. Support for audiobooks on all Zune devices
  • Audible. Download and sync favorite books, 50,000 available titles, over 600 publishers
  • OverDrive. Download from sites powered by overdrive.com, including 7,500 libraries

Zune 4.0 Software, Oct. 2009 - QuickPlay, Smart DJ, Mixview, Mini mode

  • Free software
  • QuickPlay - Direct access shortcuts to favorites, recently downloaded or played media
  • Smart DJ - Generates related playlist from library, plus new music from Zune Marketplace (with Zune Pass)
  • Mini mode - Zune-like smaller player interface
  • Mixview - Display mosaic of connections to other artists, albums, fans
  • PC access to Zune Marketplace - Download or stream music, rent or buy movies, buy TV shows, watch free trailers and previews, access video and audio podcasts, download free games
  • With Zune Pass, stream full albums and tracks from Zune Marketplace, in Web browser
                6 million songs, $14.99 a month
  • Zune Service extends across Microsoft platforms (Fall, 17 international markets)
                Unified video catalogs on Zune Marketplace and Xbox LIVE stores
                Play purchased movies and TV shows across Xbox, PC, Zune HD
                Nearly 20 million Xbox LIVE users
                Download or instantly stream HD video, full 1080p, 5.1 surround sound
  • Zune software - http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/software/
  • Xbox Live - http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live

    Find related SanDisk articles in the Manifest Tech Blog

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Sample Samsung Players (2007-)


* Samsung YP-U3 - Slim Direct-Insert Music Player - 0.8 oz., 2 GB  (6/2007)

  • 6/07 - 2 GB $89 ($79) (1000 songs) - Pink, Blue, Green, White, Black
  • Digital audio player with built-in slide-out USB connector and FM radio
  • OLED 4-Line display
  • 3.44 x 0.96 x 0.5 in, 0.8 oz
  • Touch-pad, animated menus
  • Music, Voice recorder, FM Tuner with presets, File storage
        Adjustable playback speed, skip interval, and search speed
  • MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 / Subscription
  • Play up to 15 hours
  • www.samsung.com

    Find the Samsung U3 on Amazon.com


Samsung - YP-K3 - Slim Music and Photo Player - 1.8", 0.76 oz, 2 & 4 GB (7/2007)

  • 9/07 - 2 GB $119, 4 GB $169 / $154
  • 2 GB $149, 4 GB $199 - Red, Green, Black
  • 1.8" Full Color OLED display
  • 3.78 x 1.73 x 0.27 in, 0.76 oz
  • Light emitting touch pad
  • Music, Photo / slideshow, FM Tuner with presets, not Voice recorder, Clock
  • MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 / Subscription, JPEG
  • Play up to 25 hours
  • www.samsung.com

    Find the Samsung K3 on Amazon.com


* Samsung YP-P2: Wide, touch screen- 3", 3 oz, 2/4/8 GB  (9/2007)

  • 2 GB, 4 GB $199, 8 GB $279 / $249 - Black, white, burgundy
  • 3 inch, 16:9 widescreen, 480 x 272 WQVGA, 30 fps
  • Touch-screen interface, finger tap and gestures
  • 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.4 in, 3.0 oz (100 x 52 x 0.9 mm, 85 grams)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 - A2DP, AVRCP, two wireless stereo headsets, portable speaker
  • MP3, WMA audio; WMV9, MPEG-4 video, JPEG image, text
  • FM radio, (no voice recorder), clock, portable file storage
  • DNSe 2.0 audio enhancement
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium battery, up to 35 hours music playback, 5 hours movie
  • MPFreedom - www.mpfreedom.com
        Content: CinemaNow, Rhapsody, Napster
        Accessories: Belkin, iLuv, DLO
  • Upgradable
        12/07 - Pair with Bluetooth mobile phones, Bluetooth file transfer, add AAC playback
  • www.samsung.com  - Press release

    Find the Samsung P2 on Amazon.com


Samsung YP-T10: Slim, Style, Full Function - 2", 1.5 oz, 2/4/ 8 GB  (9/2007)

  • 4 GB $149 (2/4/8) - Black, purple, white, ...
  • 2 inch screen, 240 x 320 (QVGA)
  • 3.8 x 1.6 x 0.3 in, 1.5 oz
  • Customize look of player interface, character animation.
  • Music player, photo album, video player,
        FM radio, voice recorder, text reader, clock, game player
  • Bluetooth 2.0 support enables connection of two wireless stereo headsets
  • MP3, WMA audio; WMV9, MPEG-4 video, JPEG image, text
  • FM radio, voice recorder
  • DNSe 2.0 audio enhancement
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium battery, up to 30 hours music playback, 4 hours of movie
  • www.samsung.com  - Press release T10, S5, P2
  • Samsung MP3 Players - www.samsung.com/us/consumer/...

    Find the Samsung T10 on Amazon.com


Samsung YP-S5: with Speakers - 1.8", 3 oz, 2/4/ 8 GB  (~ 9/2007)

  • 1/09: 4 GB $179 - Black, white
  • 08: 2 GB, 4 GB $179, 8 GB - Black, white
  • 1.8" display, 176 x 220 (QCIF+)
  • 96 x 46.5 x 11.95 mm, 85 grams (3 oz)
  • Integrated slide-and-tilt stereo speakers,  1.5 W
  • DNSe 2.0 audio enhancement
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium battery, up to 24 hours music 
        with earphones, 5.5 hours speaker, 5.5 hours video
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • MP3, WMA, AAC audio, MPEG4 (not WMV) video; JPEG image, text
  • FM radio, voice recorder, flash games, alarm clock
  • Speaker phone when used with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone
  • www.samsung.com  - Press release

    Find the Samsung S5 on Amazon.com

 


Samsung YP-S2 Pebble - MP3 Player - 0.61 oz, 1 GB (spring 2008)

  •  7/08 - 1 GB $39/$46 (approx. 13 hours of music), 2 GB
  • Playback controls embedded flush on back face:
        Play/Pause, Left/Right, Volume Up/Down
        plus Smart button: Play mode (random, repeat), DSNe, LED on/off
  • Concealed LED flashes multi-color patterns for playback / sound effect / charging status
  • Samsung  DNSe (Digital Natural Sound engine):
        Rich audio effects, simulated surround sound
  • MP3, WMA, OGG - high-quality audio
  • Includes Samsung Media Studio software, upgrades to EmoDio software
        Organize media files, Create playlists
        Download datacasts (blogs), Text To Speech
        Sync to device, Update device firmware, Burn CD
  • USB adapter included for file transfer and charging, mini-plug for earphone jack
        Mounts as UMS device: Can drag and drop files directly as a removable disk
  • Hang around neck with included lanyard earphones; also has slot for neck string
  • Internal Li-Poly rechargeable battery
        Full charge 2 hours, Playback up to 13 hours
  • 1.66" x 1.62" x 0.65", 0.61 oz (0.03 lbs = 0.48 oz.?)
  • Five glossy colors: black, white, red, green and purple
  • www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/...

    Find the Samsung S2 Pebble on Amazon.com


Samsung P3:   Touch-screen, haptic - 3", 4/8/16/32 GB  (1H 2009)

  • Touchscreen player with haptic feedback
        Video player, audio player, photo album
        Personal voice recorder, FM radio, portable storage drive 
  • Available first half of 2009, 4, 8, 16, 32 GB, matte black and matte silver finishes
  • 3-inch WQVGA TFT-LCD touch screen, widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Make calls through Bluetooth phone, built-in mic answer calls through player
  • Integrated speakers
  • Updated Samsung EmoTure touch interface with true haptic feedback
        Swipe finger to switch audio tracks, hold digital button to fast-forward video
        Reacts with variety of physical sensations for more intimate user experience 
  • New Music Hot Touch Key, below touch screen, instant access favorite music
  • Updated Samsung DNSe 3.0 sound enhancement for natural, full-bodied sound
  • Reinforced die-cast metal casing, combat fingerprints and scratching
  • 0.39 inches thin
  • 11/09 - 8 GB $149, 16 GB $199, 32 GB $299
  • PR 1/09 - www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=11950
  • www.samsung.com

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Sample Archos Players (2005-)


Archos Gmini 402 Camcorder  (2005)

  • Broad line of portable video recorders (PVRs) -- handheld players that also can record video
  • Small screen (2.2", 220 x 176),
  • Includes a 1.2 Mpixel camera for MPEG-4 capture
  • 5.64 oz
  • 20 GB storage for $399
  • www.archos.com

Archos AV700 Widescreen Mobile DVR  (2005)

  • Big widescreen display to share (7", 480 x 234),
  • Larger design (20.8 ounces, 4.2 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches)
  • A/V input to record directly, schedule recordings though included hub
  • Store up to a million photos, 55,000 songs, or 400 hours of full-screen MPEG-4, AVI, and WMV video
  • 40 GB for $599, 100 GB for $799

Samsung P3:   Touch-screen, haptic - 3", 4/8/16/32 GB  (1H 2009)

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Archos - Generation 4 Line  (2006)

Archos 404 / Camcorder -- 3.5", 6.75 oz, 30 GB  (9/2006)

   

  • 9/06 - 30 GB, $299
  • 3.5" color TFT LCD, 320 x 240
  • Compact: 4 x 3 x 0.6 inches, 6.75 oz
  • Video: MPEG-4, WMV,  up to DVD resolution
  • Audio: MP3 CBR & VBR, WMA (DRM), WAV
  • Photos: JPEG, BMP, PNG
  • PDF viewer
  • Voice recording
  • Stereo headphone mini-jack, TV output
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Model with integrated camera (holiday 06)
  • www.archos.com

    Find the Archos 404 on Amazon.com

Archos DVR Station  (All)

        Archos 404 with DVR Station

  • 1/07 - $99
  • Docking station: Power, USB connectors, IR remote control
  • Fits all Generation 4 players with adaptors
  • Scheduled recording 
  • MPEG-4 SP, ADPCM stereo, VGA  640 x 480, 30 / 25 f/s, AVI format
  • Stereo WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM)

    Find the Archos DVR Station on Amazon.com


Archos 604 -- Widescreen, WiFi - 4.3", 9 oz, 30 GB  (9/2006)

     

  • 1/07 - 30 GB, $349; WiFi $449
  • 4.3" TFT, widescreen 16:9, 480 x 272
  • 5.1 x 3 x 0.65 inches, 9 oz
  • Wi-Fi model: Real Internet access, browse Web, e-mail

    Find the Archos 604 WiFi on Amazon.com


Archos 504 -- High capacity - 4.3", 11.2 oz, to 160 GB (holiday 2006)

  • 1/07 - 40 GB $349, 80 GB $399, 160 GB $599
  • 4.3'' TFT, widescreen 16/9, 480 x 272
  • 5.1 x 3 x 0.9 inches, 11.15 oz

    Find the Archos 504 on Amazon.com


Archos 704-WiFi -- 5x7", 22 oz, 80 GB  (3/2007)

   

  • 3/07 - 80 GB $549 - latest Generation 4 line-up
  • 5 x 7-inch touch-screen, 800 x 480 pixels, 16 million colors
  • 7.05 x 4.96 x 0.78 inches, 22 oz.
  • 40 / 80 GB hard drive, store 100 hours of video, 70 DVD-quality movies
  • Touch-screen for simple navigation using fingertips or included stylus
  • Two speakers
  • 802.11g wireless networking
  • Play MPEG-4 and WMV video, up to DVD resolution
    MP3, WMA (protected), WAV audio; JPEG, BMP, PNG photos; Adobe PDF viewer
  • Video and audio recording through separate DVR Station or DVR Travel Adapter. 
    Records NTSC/PAL/SECAM to MPEG-4 SP files with ADPCM stereo sound, VGA resolution (640 x 480)
  • Video editing capabilities for trimming recorded video directly on the device
  • Removable Lithium-Ion Polymer battery, 
    approx 25 hours music playback, 5.5 hours video playback and Internet browsing

    Find the Archos 704 WiFi on Amazon.com


ARCHOS - Generation 5 Line - Flash memory & HD  (Fall 2007 -- see HD below)

    Find related Archos articles in the Manifest Tech Blog

ARCHOS 105 -- Flash Media Player - 1.8", 1.8 oz, 2 GB  (Fall 2007)

  • 2 GB $89
  • 1.8'' OLED color screen, 160 x 128, 262,000 colors
  • 1.8 x 3.3 x 0.3 in., 1.8 oz
  • Intuitive menu with icons
  • 2 GB Flash memory, stores up to 2 Movies, 20,000 photos, or 1,000 songs
  • Video: WMV - SP QCIF @ 15fps
  • Audio: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 kb/s CBR & VBR, WMA
    Protected WMA and WAV (PCM) - ID tag 3 compatible
  • Photo: JPEG
  • Battery life: Up to 18 hours
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries, Charge via USB 2.0
  • www.archos.com

    Find the ARCHOS 105 on Amazon.com

ARCHOS 405 -- Flash Media Player - 3.5", 4.2 oz, 2 GB  (Fall 2007)

  • 9/07 - 2 GB, $169
  • 3.5'' TFT LCD, 320 x 240 (QVGA. 4:3)
  • 3.9 x 3.1 x 0.5 in., 4.2 oz
  • stores up to 2 movies, 20,000 photos, or 1,000 songs
  • SD Card slot for additional memory, up to 16 GB (SD, mini SD, micro SD)
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery, Charge via USB 2.0
  • Battery Life: Music playback time up to 16 hours, Video up to 5 hours
  • www.archos.com

    Find the ARCHOS 405 on Amazon.com

ARCHOS 605 WiFi (4.3" touchscreen) -- Flash & HD (see below)

    Find the ARCHOS 605 - Flash on Amazon.com


ARCHOS - Generation 5 Line - HD & Flash  (Fall 2007)

    Find related Archos articles in the Manifest Tech Blog

  • Web browser
  • Options: Streaming video (Flash, WMV), Web TV and radio, Live TV from set-top, podcasts
  • Add-ons: DVR TV recording, in-car GPS

ARCHOS 605 WiFi -- HD & Flash touchscreen - 4.3", to 9.8 oz, 160 GB   (Fall 2007)

   

  • 9/07 - 30 GB $299, 80 GB $349, 160 GB $399
        4 GB + SD slot $199
  • 4.3'' TFT LCD, Touch screen, 800x480 pixels (WVGA, 16:9 widescreen), 16 million colors
  • Approx.: 4.8 x 3.2 x 0.6 in., 4.2 oz/6.7 oz (4, 30 GB)
  • Approx.: 4.8 x 3.2 x 0.75 in., 9.2/9.8 oz (160 GB)
  • 4 GB Flash memory, with SD Card slot, up to 16 GB additional (SD, mini SD, micro SD)
  • 30 or 160 GB hard drive
  • Lithium-Ion Polymer battery
  • Battery Life: Music playback time up to 16 hours, Video up to 5 hours
  • www.archos.com

    Find the ARCHOS 605 - Flash on Amazon.com
    Find the ARCHOS 605 - Hard Disk on Amazon.com

ARCHOS 705 WiFi - touchscreen - 7", 22 oz, 80 & 160 GB  (Fall 2007)

   

  • 9/07 - 80 GB $399, 160 GB $499
  • 7-inch TFT, Touch screen, 800x480 pixels (WVGA, 16:9 widescreen), 260,000 colors
  • Approx. 7.05 x 4.96 x 7.75 in.(0.75)??, 22 oz
  • 80 or 160 GB hard drive
  • (160 GB stores up to 200 Movies, 1 million photos, or 95,000 songs)
  • Mini B for USB 2.0 computer connection
  • Mini A for USB 2.0 host connection
  • Removable Lithium-Ion Polymer battery
  • Battery Life: Music playback up to 25 hours, Video up to 5.5 hours on built-in LCD
  • www.archos.com

Archos Plug-ins

    Gen 5 - www.archos.com/store_us/family_b.html?country=us&lang=en&fam_id=0000000013&gen=5

Web Browser Plug-in Gen 5  ($29)

  • Full-fledged Internet browser, surf Web from any WiFi hotspot
  • Download video and music
  • Watch videos from shared video web sites such as YouTube
  • Plus 7 popular widgets: calculator, weather, currency converter , note writer

Browser support for Flash 9 and WMV 9  (5/08)

  • View live and on-demand media on sites such as CBS, NBC, PBS, MTV, BBC
  • View social networking sites including YouTube and MySpace
  • available 5/08 - free firmware update for Web browser plug-in

ARCHOS Web TV and Radio Plug-in  (5/08)

  • Access more than 9,600 Web radio stations, 600 Web TV stations,  110,000 podcasts
  • Streamed live over Internet
  • Search for radio or TV stations by city, country, station genre, etc.
  • available 5/08 - $19
  • Press release (PDF)

ARCHOS TVportation Plug-in - Stream live TV  (5/08)

  • Use ARCHOS TV+ as a streaming media server
        view live home TV over the Internet, change channels
        (not viewing of recorded / stored content)
  • Clients for ARCHOS 605 / 705, Windows PCs / laptops, Windows Mobile smartphones
  • available 5/08 - free server download for ARCHOS TV+
        $49 server for ARCHOS 605 and 705 WiFi and DVR Station
  • Press release (PDF)

Video podcast plug-in Gen 5 - (H.264, AAC Audio)  ($19)

  • Play video podcasts in H.264 format
  • Play audio podcasts in AAC or M4A format

Cinema plug-in Gen 5 - DVD, MPEG2 video, AC3 audio  ($19)

  • Play back videos in DVD quality. Multi-language supported
  • Listen to 5.1 sound on your home cinema system

Dish Network Plug-in  (free)

  • Transfer TV programming from select DISH Network DVR receivers

ARCHOS 605 GPS - In-Car Holder for WiFi portable media player (4/2008)  

  • In-car windshield holder with GPS antenna
  • Full-fledged navigation system
  • Tele Atlas maps: European 22 countries, 
        North America U.S. and Canada, Chinese version
  • $129, or $399 bundled with 30 GB player
  • Press release (PDF)
  • Gen 5 - www.archos.com/store_us/family_b.html...


Archos 5 Internet Tablet - Android OS - 4.8" - Flash to 32 GB, HD to 500 GB (2009)

  • Google Android platform with Wi-Fi, GPS, multimedia
  • 4.8'' touch screen display, TFT LCD, 800 x 480, 16 M colors
  • Flash - 8 to 32 GB + MicroSD slot
  • Hard drive - 160 to 500 GB -
        Up to 710 HD movies, 3.2M photos or 190K songs
  • TI OMAP 3 processor, ARM Cortex-A8 architecture,
        plus 2D/3D graphics accelerator
         IVA 2 video accelerator; Image Signal Processor (ISP)
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP, EDR, ARCP, HID, Dial Networking
  • FM receiver (RDS), FM transmitter (Car-mount with antenna)
  • Built-in speaker, Microphone, leg stand
  • ~ 5 1/2 x 3 in. -- Flash series: 143,2 x 78,8 x 10,4 mm - 182 g
  • Hard Drive series: 143,2 x 78,8 x 20 mm - 286 g
  • 11/09 - Flash 32 GB $379;
    Hard disk 160 GB $399, 250 GB $449 list $239, 500 GB $499
  • www.archos.com/products/imt/archos_5it
  • PR 9/09 - Introduced - www.archos.com/corporate/press/...
Find the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet 32 GB
and Internet Tablet 250 GB on Amazon.com
  • Applications: Webbrowser, Email, Contacts, DroidIn LinkedIn, Ebuddy IM, Twidroid Twitter, Deezer web radio,
    Dailymotion, QuickPedia Wikipedia, ThinkFree Mobile MS Office docs, Moov search,
    CraigsPhone classifieds, High Paying Jobs, Alarm clock, Calculator...
  • More in AppsLib Store, appslib.com
  • Media Club: Buy / rent movies, music, games
  • USB 2.0: Media Transport Protocol (MTP)
  • USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) with Mini Dock, Battery Dock and DVR station
  • Video: MPEG-4 HD (to 720p), MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, to DVD res), H.264 HD (to 720p), WMV / protected (MP@ML, to DVD res),
         MKV (to 720p, 2500kbs, 23fps), M-JPEG (Motion JPEG) QVGA
    • Plug-in: Cinema: MPEG-2, WMV HD (720p), VOB
  • Audio: Stereo MP3 @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA / Protected, WAV (PCM/ADPCM),
        AAC (not protected), AAC+ stereo, Ogg Vorbis to 320kbs @44hz, Flac to 1000kbs @44hz.
    • Plug-in: AC3 stereo and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station )
  • Photo: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Subtitles: .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub files
  • Video recording: Via DVR Station or DVR Snap-on - NTSC/PAL/SECAM in MPEG-4 AVI stereo, VGA (640 x 480) @ 30 or 25 f/s
  • Audio recording: Via DVR Station or DVR Snap-on -Stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM)
  • Voice recording with built-in microphone
  • Lithium Polymer battery, charges via USB, up to 22 hours Music, up to 7 hours Video
  • Automatically downloads latest firmware updates when WiFi activw
  • DVR Station Accessory $139 - Play videos to TV, HD 720p HDMI, SPDIF 5.1 sound
    • Remote control with keyboard, Record TV, Stream media from PC
  • DVR Snap-On: $79 - Analog video/audio recording, charger

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Sample RCA Players (2007)


RCA Perl - Thumb drive / Music player - 1.5 oz., 1 GB  (5/2007)

    Find the RCA Perl on Amazon.com


RCA Opal - Thin media player - 1.5", 1.1 oz, 1/2/4 GB  (5/2007)

  • 2 GB $75, 1 GB, 4 GB
  • Thin video player
  • 1.5 inch color OLED display
  • 1.81 x 3.63 x 0.34 in, 1.12 oz
  • Digital voice recording, Line-in record
  • Music: mp3, WMA, WM DRM-10, Audible
  • Photo: JPEG, 640x480
  • Video: Convert to .SMV (~ 3.4 MB/min)
  • Built-in Lithium battery, 15 hr music playback 
  • www.rcaaudiovideo.com/en-US/RCA-GEM-Line.html 
  • RCA Gem Line - www.rcagemline.com

    Find the RCA Opal on Amazon.com


RCA Jet - Sports music player - 1.5 oz., 1 GB  (summer 07)

  • 1 GB $69
  • Rugged splash-resistant sport model
       
    Built-in stopwatch and body mass index calculator
  • FM tuner/record
  • Lithium battery, 15 hour playback
  • less than 1.5 oz
  • JetStream - adds Kleer Wireless stereo wireless headphones - due Sept 07
  • www.rcaaudiovideo.com/en-US/RCA-GEM-Line.html 
  • RCA Gem Line - www.rcagemline.com

    Find the RCA Jet on Amazon.com

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Alternate Delivery -
      Physical Media / Internet "Radio" Players (2008)


SanDisk Sansa slotMusic Player  (10/2008)

 

SanDisk slotMusic Card Format  (10/08)

  • Preloaded music "album" - with a dozen MP3 tracks, like CDs
  • 1 GB, $14.99, like CD
  • microSD cards with high fidelity, DRM-free MP3 music, up to 320 kbps
       
    May include liner notes, album art, videos
  • Packaged with tiny USB adapter ($9.99 value)
  • Can transfer songs from slotMusic card to devices with microSD slot, or to computer
  • Can load additional content on slotMusic microSD card
  • Holiday 08 in U.S., more than 40 albums
        EMI Music, Sony BMG Music, Universal Music, Warner Music
  • http://go.shopsansa.com/content/slotmusic
  • www.sansa.com/slotmusic_cards

SanDisk Sansa slotRadio Player  (early 2009)

  • Plug-and-play music: "Radio-like" selection of 1,000 songs in different genres
        No software installation, no downloading, no cables or synching
  • Player $99.99 bundled with 1,000 song slotRadio card
  • 1.5" landscape OLED screen, up to 13 hours slotRadio playback
  • Die-cast aluminum, FM radio with presets, belt clip
  • Plays slotRadio, slotMusic, or microSD cards with MP3 or WMA files
  • No built-in memory
  • 2.0" x 2.0" x .42" (.60" including clip), 1.3 oz
  • www.sansa.com/players/sansa_slotRadio
  • PR - 1/09 - http://www.sandisk.com/Corporate/PressRoom/...
  • Available early 2009 at www.sansa.com and Radio Shack

SanDisk Sansa slotRadio Card (early 09)

  • slotRadio mix card preloaded with 1,000 songs
        handpicked from Billboard charts
  • slotRadio cards $39.99: 1,000 songs, genre-specific and themed
  • Music professionally arranged into genre-themed playlists
  • Genres including rock, contemporary, country
        Themes such as "chillout," "workout"
  • Cards are copy protected (SanDisk TrustedFlash
             www.sandisk.com/OEM/Default.aspx?CatID=1639)
        Only work with the SanDisk Sansa slotRadio Player and Sansa Fuse
  • slotRadio will be supported on future mobile phones
        (need to support DRM and the slotRadio interface)
  • Cards have a small amount of writable storage (MB)
  • www.sansa.com/slotRadio_cards

Slacker G2 Portable Player  (10/2008)


Also apps for iPhone / iTouch
    BlackBerry
smartphones

See Internet Radio and Music Services (blog)

Slacker Personal Radio

  • Internet music service - Choose genre / style, listen for free (with ads)
  • Like radio playlist, customized, skip individual songs, pause
        Can't skip backwards to replay specific song
  • Explore new music, customize stations, favorite styles and artists
  • More than 100 expert-programmed stations, over 10,000 artist stations
  • Licensing agreements with all major record labels, 
        1000's of independent labels
  • Slacker Radio Plus - avoid the ads, $3.99 a month, 
        no ads, unlimited skips, request songs; 4/09 - Song lyrics
  • www.slacker.com

Slacker G2 Portable Player 

  • Automatically refreshes favorite stations over USB or Wi-Fi to listen on the go
  • Radio-like -- play in order, limited skips, can't skip backwards
  • Artist bios, reviews
  • Also can store 1 GB personal library, with full access
  • 4 GB $199 (25 stations / 2500 songs), 8 GB $249 (40 stations / 4000 songs
  • 87 x 13.5 x 53 mm, 2.6oz (74 grams)
  • 320 x 240 TFT
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Audio MP3, WMA & AAC
  • Battery up to 15 hours
  • Carrying case with belt-clip, premium earphones, USB cable, wall power adapter
  • www.slacker.com/products/everywhere

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