Perhaps if I were Korean I'd understand this a little better, but a rabbit with a hugely bloated cranium just isn't the sort of thing I'd think to base an MP3 player on. Still, Mashimaro is vaunted as Korea's answer to Hello Kitty, so I suppose there must be thousands of girls there desperate for this 54 x 38 x 38mm media player.
In Partnership with Speedo, iRiver created the LZR Racer Aquabeat – an MP3 player that operates underwater for up to 3-meter deep.
The player comes with 2GB of internal storage and supports MP3 and WMA file formats. Just like the shuffle, it does not feature any display; only basic controls such as play, stop, volume controls, and track controls. Battery life is said to last up to 9 hours. It is available in Japan for 12,800 yen (roughly $150).
As lust-inducing modernized versions of classic German audio hardware go, this ReBraun MP3 player from Bootleg Objects is at the top of its game. Based on the 1962 Audio 1 Kompaktanlage, the ReBraun swaps the radio gauges for twin LCD displays, plus there's WiFi for audio streaming.
Accelerometers are found in all manner of cellphones and mobile devices nowadays, usually responsible for flipping screen orientation from vertical to horizontal when you want a widescreen view of a webpage. However that's not all they're good for, as this DIY motion-controlled MP3 player demonstrates. The work of an unnamed Japanese engineer, different motions - such as tilting, tapping and rotating - translate to controls such as play, pause, track skipping and volume control.
Video demo of the Motion-Controlled MP3 Player after the cut
LG has managed to stay a bit behind when it comes to personal media players (PMP). The newest of these devices from LG, the UP3 Touch DAP, very closely resembles the UP3 that was released back in 2006. Just how do they manage to do it with such strong competitors and much larger names?
It looks as though two new Rhapsody-powered MP3 players are getting ready to rumble, and they won't be satisfied until they win the world title for "most uncreative model names". Haier America has announced the Ibiza Mini and the Ibiza Touch. Mini and Touch - now why do those sound familiar?