The Mpgio Lisse S10 comes from the Korean company Dadam Design and is a 4-direction player. Available in 5 different colors, including the Luxury Edition Titan Blue with 4GB, it provides about 150 hours of recording. At a size of 46 x 40 x 11mm and a weight of 22g, the Lisse can move from left and right as well as up and down. With support of MP3, WAV and WMA files, it has an OLED screen and PAD for navigation.
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Pioneer has teamed with XM to create the portable XMp3. The Music Manager will hold up to 100 hours of XM programming from their satellite radio service. Manage it with software, record up to 5 channels simultaneously, check out highlights, and preset channels. Add a microSD card and store MP3 or WMA files. You can also bookmark and purchase tunes from online music services. Users will also like the feature that automatically buffers the most recent half hour for easy replay. The XMp3 weighs only 3.1 oz. and is available for $249.99 after instant $30.00 rebate.
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Donya has cleverly created an MP3 player inside a wooden acorn. It runs on batteries and is a size of only 35mm high with a small lanyard. With a 1GB memory capacity, it will play MP3, WMA, and OGG files. Play time is about 3 hours and it takes approximately 4 for a recharge. Volume and selection are on the top, while an earphone jack is on the bottom of the player, which automatically turns it on when you plug in and off when you unplug. Attached to your USB port, it will download and recharge. The Acorn Player is available for 6,999 Yen (~$65.00.)
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For the ultimate in convergence check out Pioneer‘s latest in-dash GPS stereo unit. Like some other units the GPS the high-resolution 5.8” screen can pop out to provide GPS and tunes on the go, but unlike the competition this new head unit keeps drivers safe with voice activated navigation and music controls. When the GPS unit is popped out you can take it on the go for directions either while walking, or when driving another car.
Outfitted with Voicebox technology the driver can give commands verbally like “Play Honeycut - Aluminum City” or “Navigate to the Space Needle in Seattle” so as to not have to take their hands or eyes off the road. The Bluetooth capabilities also allow for hands free calling to further enhance the drivers safety. Music in WMA or MP3 format can be played from SD cards, or streamed from Bluetooth phones. The AVIC f500bt also provides strong iPod integration allowing for playback and control of iPod stored music.
Available soon for a yet unknown price. For the inconvenience and high technology packed into this car entertainment don’t expect it to be cheap though.
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We figured it was about time that the elite Bang & Olufsen would enter the MP3 player market. Their 4GB BeoSound 6 is covered with black polished stainless steel with a soft lacquered surface and scratch resistant glass. Its 1.8-inch TFT LCD is 128 x 160 pixels, and the company claims it will store up to 100 MP3, WMA and OGG tunes. The battery should last about 40 hours. The BS6 comes with ultra-light headphones and a premium leather case, of course. The elite PMP is available for the extravagant price of $600.00.
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You can now dispense with candles and electric radios near your bath. The JVC XA-AW33 Bathtime plays MP3s, WMAs, and WMA-DRMs. The PMP is waterproof, has a built-in 256 MB memory, hooks up by USB, has an NXT flat panel speaker, and gets up to 15 hours of playback time at a price of $239.00. It also comes with a stand if you simply want to sing in the shower. We dig the way that the company referred to its blue LED (at least in the translation,) “With music the relaxing space is produced.” We want our relaxing space to be filled with Mr.Bubble and strains of Barry White.
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Olympus is introducing its new USB Voice Trek V-41 Recorder in Japan. The thin, lightweight device supports stereo XQ/HQ/SP and mono HQ/SP/LP recording, and offers MP3/WMA playback. With its USB connection, it manages a quick transference of files to PC and features a 512MB capacity, mic, repeat playback from fixed sections, and noise cancellation. The recorder comes with battery, stereo earphone and a USB cable extension. Available in early September, its MSRP will be around ¥16,000 (~$140.00.)
For all the Howard Stern fanboys out there who just can’t get enough, the Sirius Stiletto 100 may be right up your alley. This is the first handheld portable that Sirius has released that can go toe-to-toe with the XM Radio equivalents, like the Helix. The Stiletto 100 provides on-the-go satellite radio from Sirius, and a 100-hour recording capacity, allowing you to record the tracks that you find most appealing (or, the best recipes from Martha Stewart, as it were.) If you are out of range from a Sirius signal, the internal WiFi antenna gives access to 64 commercial-free Sirius Internet radio streams. You can also flag your favorites, which ties in to Yahoo’s Music Jukebox, allowing you to make a purchase of the song to store on your PC and Stiletto. The device can play both MP3 and WMA files. The pleasure of owning one of these will run you about $350 USD.
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Today Nokia introduced their N75 at New York’s Open Studio. This small multimedia computer offers digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and what they refer to as a “rich” Internet communication. Housed in a thin clamshell and utilizing its 2.4-inch screen for a slide show, it can print 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) photos with up to 16 million colors. It also features a 16x digital zoom, an integrated flash LED, and accepts files in JPEG/EXIF format. Wait, there’s more. The N75 doubles as a mini-TV screen, supports formats MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA, and its advanced digital music player includes an equalizer, playlist, shuffle and repeat features. There’s still more. With an internal memory of up to 40 MB, it can be further expanded with an optional microSD card of up to 2 GB. We’re simply exhausted, so visit Nokia if you want even more details, such as availability and price.
Read More | Nokia Press Release
If you like Chocolate, but prefer it in a clamshell, here is a sneak-peak at the LG VX-8600. Similar to its VX-8500 mate (it has a lower resolution display), this model features EV-DO high-speed data, stereo Bluetooth, a 176 X 220 main screen with 262k colors, a 128 X 128 external screen with 65k colors, a 1.3 megapixel cam, a microSD card slot, and music player with external WMA/MP3 controls. Although no pricing or launch date has yet to be set, rumor has it that this exclusive Verizon Wireless gourmet Chocolate will be available for our stockings this holiday season.
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