Today's DAP headlines:
Moving pictures are cool. Especially when there's a device playing movies encapsulated within them. Confused? Just take a look at the this movie on Cowon's A2. Meanwhile, in Taiwan, DAP manufacturers have woken up to the sound of doom machines approaching. iRiver, BenQ and MSI are slashing suggested retail prices for their flash-based range in order to withstand the awesome power that is iPod nano. To wrap up things prior to the upcoming weekend, there's a nice little snippet on Acer's upcoming PMP, the PM-500 and some speculation about the supposed iAudio U3 (to made by Cowon, indeed).
The Cowon A2 has been out there for some days by now. In South-Korea, that is. Surely it's no coincidence that this lengthy video on the A2 originates from said country. If you don't speak, read or eat Korean, don't worry - the concept of moving images intrigues most of us enough by itself. If you're interested in this device's feature set and whatnot, be sure to check it out.
Apple has done it again: they launch something relatively innovative and as a result of that, the rest of DAP land's inhabitants are acting all dazed and confused right now. Nano's affordable character (given its storage medium and capacity) made iRiver - a key player in the industry - look like a bunch of greedy bastards all of the sudden. You can get a 4GB nano at the price of a (feature-laden, true) 1GB iRiver U10. In Taiwan, said players haven't even been launched yet but the tension is clearly noticeable. As a precaution to nano's inescapable successes, iRiver Taiwan will cut (pre-order) prices by 13% for the 1GB U10. Taiwan-based BenQ and MSI are introducing similar measures to cope with "the nano threat", slashing selling prices by 5-30% per (flash-based) unit. By the way: one batch of nanos did make it to the formerly-Chinese island last week, containing some 100 units... all of which were sold within 15 minutes or so.
Acer has shown its face in the DAP sector before, but not that often. They mainly seemed to focus on the low-end part of the market, in both flash- and hard drive based categories. Well, we can add another division of hardware to the company's collection: Portable Multimedia Players. Actually, the MP-500 is a "video recorder" and "audio player" (MP3/WMA) as well. Not too much is known about it for now, seeing as how the current information hasn't even been confirmed by Acer itself. We can tell you that it comes with a 3.5-inch TFT screen, an SD/MMC slot, two speakers and a built-in microphone... and that's pretty much it.
Rumors, rumors, rumors... Cowon's iAudio U2 has been praised by more than a few reviewers, over time - mainly because of its nifty design, impressive sound quality and pleasing "ease-of-use". The supposed successor to U2's throne is simply called and seems to be fitted with a color screen... Then again, these "first pictures" are kind of blurry and vague - so what do we know?
Ok, that's DAP Delights for this Friday. Have a nice weekend and see you again soon!