Portable Media

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Microsoft Argo / Zune MP3 Video player

While the information provide by Engadget and Gizmodo are still rumors and unconfirmed, it’s very likely and credible that the image below is indeed the Microsoft Zune (it’s possible that the device also went by the code name Argo.

According to Engadget’s report, the Zuno display is 4:3 ratio not 16:9.  The screen size might be in the range of 3 to 3.5-inches wide.  There’s also a big wheel with two buttons on either side; the left seems to be a “back” and the right is a “play/pause” button.


New Details on the Microsoft “mPod”

Thanks to the Seattle Times, we have even more information on what could turn out to be Microsoft’s iPod-killer (which we’ve dubbed the mPod for now). Codenamed Argo, the device is apparently being designed as part of a “complete line” of Xbox-related gear. By “complete line,” we’re assuming that means that there will be more to this lineup than just the Argo and the Xbox 360 (hint hint). Argo’s team is being led by J Allard, the man who co-developed the Xbox, and includes members from the MSN Music team and Allard’s XNA Framework team.


Venzero Unveils LilOne PMP

Portable media players are everywhere today, since these devices are one of the new must-have gadgets around. While some might consider the Venzero LilOne to be a bit of a wimp in the world of PMPs, the device is not without its place in the world. Sporting a 6 GB micro hard drive, the LilOne isn’t shy of features, allowing users to play both video and audio (and pictures too, but who uses those anymore?) in its tiny 1.5-inch, 262,000-color screen.


An iPod That Talks?

In keeping with our ever-expanding coverage on the future of Apple’s little music player, speculation has arisen (in the form of yet-another patent filing) that the next-generation Apple music machines will speak to you, announcing the song’s title and artist in a variety of celebrity voices. While it’s sort of creepy to consider having your iPod talk to you (is it really so difficult to just look at the song title, people?), this might be a great step forward in allowing iPods to be used by vision-impaired customers who can’t read the text on the iPod’s admittedly tiny screen.


Low cost Linux portable digital audio workstation by Trinity

Trinity Audio Group is attracting budget conscience music producers and podcasters around the world. It is based on the Compulab’s CM-X270L, the Trinity, along with a variety of open source audio applications, such as on Linux, inclusive of Audacity and Escasound, helps them in developing their own graphical frron-end.  The specs seems to be usual, that includes a 6.5 inch TFT running at 640×480, 128MB RAM, 20GB hard drive, built-in WiFi, two Neutrik combo jacks, and a purported four hours of battery life. It will be ready to be shipped in October for $1000.

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Update on the Microsoft iPod-Killer

Thanks to our friends over at Gizmodo, we have some new details on the rumored Microsoft iPod-killer. First, the Wi-Fi capabilities of the device won’t be limted to just downloading new songs on the go; the “mPod” will allso allow you share songs with other listeners, allowing you to sample the music immediately and then buy it when you get home. Also, the Wi-Fi connectivity will be used to send ads to your device automatically, adding a 10% off coupon as a bonus for watching that ad. The other bit of news is that, should you have a sizable iTunes collection built up already, Microsoft’s service will scan this collection and give you the music for use with your “mPod” for free, giving users a huge incentive to jump ship as they wouldn’t need to pay for music twice.