Today's DAP headlines:
Everything Else = iPod Knock Off
49 DAPs and an iPod Ain't One
On a slightly somber note, D&M Holdings Inc. announced the closing of its child brand, Rio Audio, makers of the popular Karma and Carbon players. The Karma model was renowned for its unique audio features, like the seamless playback of tracks, and hundreds of Karma fans online were eager for a smaller, sleeker model with the same goodies as before. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Whatever you do, don't call your MP3 player, AC3 device or WMA-supporting unit a "DAP". No, the correct term would have to be "iPod knockoff". At least, that's what Bill Palmer from iPodGarage wants you to believe.
Why would you want be a South-Korean citizen? Is it the delicious food or the friendly, smiling people... maybe it has something to do with the funny shape of their peninsula? No. It's because some guys over there own 49 different DAPs. And that rules.
More MobiBlu madness for those who lust for it: next to the upcoming DAH-1800 (discussed in yesterday's DAP Delights), there's the DHH-200. Rather unexciting to look at—especially given MobiBlu's infamous reputation concerning dull promotional pictures. The DHH-200 comes with a 6GB hard drive plus a nice and big color LCD screen. It plays movies as well, supposedly.
Loving, caring parents have to face yet another vile threat from across the gulf of space: Porncasting. That's right, "X-rated" podcasts. Experts say it's likely that our kids will pick up erotically-flavored podcasts at some point in time. Their solution: don't tolerate porn on your kid's iPod. Make them burn it to DVD so the whole family can enjoy it.
Seriously, the S50 portable from Sirius Satellite Radio has been announced, with a due-date in September. While it does not support live satellite content, the S50 can grab and refresh content from three separate Sirius channels. Measuring 1.9 x 3.9 x .7 , it's definitely pocketable, though the 6 hour battery life could be better.
Then there's one of the classiest portable DVD players we've ever seen, the VP-110 from Japanese company Amadana. In addition to looking fabulous, it's pretty functional too, with its 10.2" LCD, touch panel controls, SD slot, and dual headphone jacks. The VP-110 also supports Mp3's, MPEG-4 videos, and JPEG pics on SD cards.
What's this? Packard Bell in the DAP game? The old PC manufacturers are still alive apparently, and pushing out a 20 GB player called the Vibe 500. Spec-wise the Vibe is not too shabby, sporting a 1.8 color LCD, recording features, and USB OTG. We may be calling this one Frankenstein in the months to come.
That's all for today, thanks for tuning in!