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Microsoft Zune HD 64GB Available Now

Microsoft Zune HD 64GB Available Now

If you haven't already picked up a Zune HD, perhaps now would be a good time. Unless, you're a fan of a different kind of Personal Media Player. In any event, Microsoft has just pulled the curtain off their granddaddy of the lineup, officially making the 64GB model available for purchase. But, hopefully you've been saving your hard-earned pennies, because it's going to cost you.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative have announced their latest range of PMPs, the ZEN X-Fi Style and ZEN Style, kicking off a new "Pure Audio" campaign in which the company look to be pushing their sound quality in an attempt to stave off the iPod.  The ZEN X-Fi Style packs a 2.4-inch TFT LCD display, TV-output and X-Fi DSP, while the smaller ZEN Style gets a 1.8-inch TFT LCD, longer battery life (up to 32hrs audio) and smaller capacities.

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Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon's reputation for strong audio performance and well-constructed PMPs has left us eagerly anticipating the company's new J3 mediaplayer, and while we've still to listen to the end result, from a style point of view the J3 certainly packs a punch.  Fresh to Cowon's site, the J3 has a 3.3-inch 16m color AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP support), T-DMB and a TV-out connection, together with a microSD card slot and their own JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ DSP.

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Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP spotted; launches this month

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP spotted; launches this month

Having been spotted in little more than sketch form back in January, we now have some firmer information on Cowon's upcoming J3 media player.  Set to launch this month, apparently, the Cowon J3 has a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 480 x 272, complete with up to 16GB of storage and Bluetooth connectivity.

Three versions of the J3 will be available initially, with the PMP coming in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB SKUs.  All will have an accelerometer for automatic screen-orientation flips, a TV output for displaying content on a bigger screen, and Cowon's own JetEffects effects 3.0 technology for improving audio performance.

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Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

While fanboi debates rage just as strongly as they ever did, in general gadgets across the board are better designed, better constructed and better performing than we could've hoped for five or so years ago.  That's why it's so nice to find a real humdinger of a review for Archos' 1 Vision PMP, an MP3 player that anythingbutipod describe as having "bad build quality, awkward design, peculiar button placements, an undeniably unnecessary power switch, somewhat peculiar menus and an extra features set that might as well not have been there."

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Premium HiSoundAudio Studio PMP found using disguised cheap chip

Premium HiSoundAudio Studio PMP found using disguised cheap chip

Nothing puts the quality cat among the audiophile pigeons like products billed as offering "premium" sound being found to use mainstream components.  Latest to potentially fall foul is HiSoundAudio's Studio PMP, on sale for a whopping $345, but which - after MP4 Nation opened it up - was found to be using a Sigmatel 3770 chip as its main processor and DAC, something more commonly found in mid-range MP3 players.

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Archos Vision Series PMPs: 1.4 to 4.3-inches

Archos Vision Series PMPs: 1.4 to 4.3-inches

Not, perhaps, as interesting as the company's new Home Tablets, but Archos also have a line of new and updated PMPs to show at CeBIT 2010.  The Archos Vision Series ranges from the tiny 24g Vision A14VG, with a video-capable 1.4-inch LCD display, FM radio and 4GB of storage, to the 4.3-inch touchscreen Vision A43VB, with 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 30hr battery and a video-output for playing content on a bigger display.

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Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect.  An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.

Video demo after the cut

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