Today's DAP Headlines:
Take a breath of fresh air with the C&C Air from SK. The newest version of Napster is out, clearly aiming for Yahoo's market share in the online music subscription business. Sony brings out Mr. Bean (no, not Rowan Atkinson) to promote their new flash player, and Olympus exits the DAP business.
Another day, another PMP. At least this one has a cool name though; the C&C Air. The device sports a nice clean, uncluttered look, supports the usual bundle of video formats (MPEG, WMV, DivX), and includes a USB host connection for transfering from mass storage devices and digital cameras.
Napster isn't going down without a fight. Nevermind the fact that they're losing ground to the cheaper Yahoo music service (not to mention still being pummeled by iTunes), they're still trying, hence the version 3.5 upgrade of their software. It doesn't seem all that special at first glance; a few modifications to make the client better looking and easier to use, but the main upgrade is that downloads will be offered at 192 kbps WMA, instead of 128 kbps as they were previously. This puts them on par with Yahoo's download quality and above that of iTunes. Prices stay the same though, which is a bummer.
Sony's Walkman Bean hasn't exactly been receiving gushing reviews, so apparently Sony decided to bring out all the stops, including a beany Bean mascot. Okay so he (she?) is working in Korea now, but who knows, we could see this Bean roaming the streets of America, steering potential iPod Shuffle buyers toward the Bean. He's already got that "musical fruit" jingle to work with.
Though certainly not as disheartening as Rio's exit from DAP production, the ceasing of Olympus' m:robe line of players is still disappointing nonetheless. Not exactly known for packing in tons of features, the Olympus m:robe's had both style (better than Apple's perhaps) and ease of use going. Better grab an m:robe while you can!
That's it for today, audios!