Today's DAP Headlines:
Philips is emerging from the digital audio grave with two hard drive models, including a high capacity 30 GB player. Another review popped up of Creative's Zen Sleek, and it's not as favorable as one might expect. The iAudio A2 video player models for a few snapshots, and Apple and Creative are at it again in "Patent Wars."
Diehards in DAPland have been waiting for ages for the "sequel" to Philips sleek but buggy HDD100 series, and it's finally here. The specs are impressive too, including 15+ hours of battery life, color screen with photo viewing/album art, and FM radio/voice recording features. Controls on the face appear to be touch sensitive, like every other non-Apple DAP seems to be doing these days. Of course all the good means next to nothing if their software isn't fixed; the HDD100 software was renown for fun obstacles like corrupting music libraries.
This is only the second two hard drive models, including a high capacity 30 GB player. Another review we've found online for Creative's new Zen Sleek player, and it's not nearly as praiseful as the first. CNet.co.uk knocks it back hard for not working with iTunes or Macs, though this is a complaint with most non-Apple players on the market. The reviewer also hated the Sleek's touch strip controller, mentioning that, "It's a world away from the iPod's Click Wheel." Well duh, guys.
Let the hyping commence! Another nice set of photos of iAudio's A2 media player have been posted, showing off it's color GUI and clear screen in action. Of course the A2 is stuck in Korea now, but we can't wait for one to find its way over here.
Finally, we've reported on an ongoing patent battle between heavyweights Apple and Creative. Creative recently received a patent for the user interface found on their first Nomad Jukebox (ID3 Artist/Album/Track navigation), and the Singapore based company wasted no time in accusing Apple, whose iPod uses a similar interface, of violating the patent. So why hasn't Creative targeted other companies, whose players have also "borrowed" from their interface? Apple U.S. marketshare: 74%, Creative U.S. marketshare: 3.3%. Ah, it all makes sense now.
That's all for today, thanks for tuning in!