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Speaking of Hi-MD, it looks like Sony has whored technology out to Buffalo. For 27,270 yen, Buffalo's "MD-HUSB" drive provides the same data storage functionality as the "PIT-IN" we just got through talking about, but will also act as a portable audio player. It supports MP3, WAV, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, and perhaps best of all, doesn't require you to use Sony's often-criticized SonicStage software to transfer files. If I didn't know any better, I'd say Hi-MD will emerge as a popular format (but honestly, I do know better). A couple things to hate about the MD-HUSB are its crappy plastic design and depth of 29mm (about 1.14 inches).

Press Release [Buffalo via AV Watch]