Portable Media

First Zune Content Revealed

First Zune Content Revealed

The official Zune guys of Madison and Pine just shared some of the content that’s expected to come with the Zune. I have no clue who these guys are - the Subpop’s CSS and Hot Chip, but what I do know is I don’t care for demo tracks or videos. I’ll end up wasting more time deleting them off the device. Thanks but no thanks – I’ll add my own content. If this is what Microsoft means by a greater experience, they’ve got their work cut out because everyone’s taste in music is different. Boo!

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Curon QCOX PMP With Click Wheel

Curon QCOX PMP With Click Wheel

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, so does the same principle apply to designing PMP? There’s the usual Windows CE 5.0-CE based operating system powered by AMD’s Alchemy chipset. Most PMP offers a 4.3-inch screen, 30GB hard drive, supporting a variety of audio and video files. More and more PMP also features a T-DMB receiver and supports “HD quality TV out,” in countries that support it. So what did Curon give the QCOX to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd? A simple and easy to use circular click wheel, that’s found on some digital cameras. This is a nice addition allowing users to switch between modes easily and quickly forgoing the GUI.

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UB-890 PMP

UB-890 PMP


This is possibly one of the tiniest PMP on the market, weighing merely 55g.  The screen is only 2 inches so it might be difficult to watch video or read your ebooks comfortably.  The UB-890’s storage capacity range from 1-4GB; which is plenty of room to store a couple of videos, ebooks or songs for the road.

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Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

If you love your HDTV, but hate not having the ability to utilize it everytime your on the go (or simply on your laptop), then Artec's T14A USB TV Tuner might be just what you need. While it requires you to have a normal analog TV Tuner card already installed, this little device llows you to pull HDTV streams right over the air and retails for $89 at the lowest, which is still one helluva lot cheaper than buying an HDTV, an HDTV-ready set top box, and any of the hundred accessories or addons that you may or may not decide to need.

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Samsung Begins Mass-Production of 8GB NAND Memory

Samsung Begins Mass-Production of 8GB NAND Memory

If current NAND Flash Memory sizes simply aren't big enough for you, then you're in luck. Samsung has announced that it has begun mass-production on 60nm NAND Flash memory chips, meaning that it won't be long before we start seeing these high-capacity memory in cell phones, portable media devices, and and 2G iPod nanos. According to Samsung, 8GB is now possibly by basically taking two 4GB NAND packages and putting them on top of each other.

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Microsoft Trying to Sway iPod Accessory Makers

Microsoft Trying to Sway iPod Accessory Makers

Microsoft, the evil empire that could, is apparently trying to persuade iPod accessory makers to join the Dark Side; in this case, Microsoft is trying to convince them to make accessories for the upcoming Microsoft Zune as well. Similar to the iPod like, the Zune will feature its own expansion port (guaranteed to be compatible with nothing that looks remotely like it), but the kicker is that the new port will apparently allow companies to manufacture accessories for less money; this alone could sway several iPod accessory makers away from Apple into the realm of Microsoft.

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New Details on the Microsoft Zune

New Details on the Microsoft Zune

Thanks to our compatriots over at the Gizmodo, we have some new details on Microsoft's upcoming Zune media player, including what to expect and which details are really just fantasy. As you know by now (and if you don't, come out from underneath that rock of yours), Microsoft's Zune media player is looking to take the iPod head-on for music/video player supremacy. Unlike other competitors that are trying to go head-to-head with the same feature set as the iPod, Microsoft is taking their player in a completely different direction, trying to outmaneuver the iPod with features lacking from Apple's players.

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Datasafe oomi: World’s Smallest MP3 Player

Datasafe oomi: World’s Smallest MP3 Player

Just in case the iPod nano is too big for your hands, the Datasafe oomi is here, just small enough that you can almost guarantee that you'll lose it and never find it again. Sporting a mirrored silver surface and weighing in at an astonishing small 20 grams (roughly 0.7 ounces), the oomi features an FM radio tuner, support for WMA, MP3, and ASF, and a fairly-impressive 20mW per sound channel, totalling 40 mW of output. The built-in USB 2.0 port allows for ultra-quick transfers, and the player works seemlessly with both Windows and Mac. To top it all off, the device features circling blue LEDs to let you know that the device is in operation. Very impressive; just don't lose it to the couch cushions.

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SanDisk Sansa e280 Player Confirmed

SanDisk Sansa e280 Player Confirmed

It would appear that the iPod nano has a new competitor to contend with for Flash player supremacy. While the nano is still the undisputed king of really tiny Flash memory players, SanDisk's Sansa e280 offers something that the Apple player lacks; 8 GB of memory. The e280 has been the subject of a good amount of speculation recently, with several sites posting photos of the new Sansa player before SanDisk themselves had announced it (which they still haven't). However, the player appeared (briefly) on SanDisk's site, which confirms that the new Sans is real and consumer-bound.

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Tripod Concept MP3 Player

Tripod Concept MP3 Player

Ah, those crazy guys over at Yanko Design. We've covered many, many PMPs in the past, but nothing quite like the conceptual design. Not satisfied with the design of modern media player, Yanko has come up with this beauty; a triangular, two-piece PMP whose base comes apart to reveal a large, flexible video screen. Pretty neat, huh? The device apparently will operate in two modes; MP3 mode and OLED mode. The difference can be seen above, and I'm impressed, to say the least.

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