The portents have hung in the air for a while, but it's clear now that the traditional dumb PMP is dead, like a dull and rusted Swiss army knife. In their stead we'll have...smart PMPs.
Sony's slick-looking X1000 Walkman line popped up for preorder on Amazon UK with a release window of 2-5 weeks. That means we should be seeing the touchscreen, OLED player before the end of March.
Not only Steve Ballmer has smashed again the stupid Zune cellphone rumors but, talking with the Financial Times, he has suggested the possibility of killing the Zune hardware:
New details have been leaked about Creative's answer to the iPod touch and Zune, a wireless music player with Wi-Fi media sharing capabilities called the Zen X-Fi. Pictures show the device sporting a chrome-and-black plastic look that's vaguely reminiscent of the iPhone, along with a nine-point directional pad.…
Available in five colors, the Volcano T7 is the latest DAP player. Reminiscent of a memory stick and with a small OLED display, it's available in both 2GB and 4GB versions. There's also a USB 2.0 port, an FM radio, and an equalizer. There's also a recording function, both for voice and radio. Now available in Europe…
Sony has just released its first Bluetooth (A2DP) enabled PMPs; the NW-A829 (16GB) and NW-A828 (8GB). With support for MP3, WMA, ATRAC, Sony PCM and AAC/High Efficiency AAC, as well as MPEG-4/H.264, these players come with enough playback potential to make them contenders for a space in your pocket, as well as your…
Pet stores in Australia have been selling a portable speaker with a built-in fish tank, designed to hook up to portable audio devices like the iPod. (The cleverly named iPond, which is currently drawing fire from animal rights groups for not providing adequate space for a fish to live.)
Monday morning, and contemplating the excesses of the weekend, I wonder where we would all be without wood. And then I see EverGreen's MP3 player, with its 28 x 35 mm acorn form, its 1GB flash memory, its MP3, WMA and OGG compatibility, and I think to myself, "Well, I'm glad I've got a 60GB iPod."