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Today's DAP Headlines:

AOL joins the ever-growing list of online digital music providers, Samsung's YP-U1 finally makes it to U.S. webshops, iOPS gives us something weird to look forward too, and the iRock MP930ez iSucks, according to the review.

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AOL, the company that's brought us easy-to-use but expensive and awful ISP service, is jumping into the online music biz, after purchasing Musicnow.com. They'll be offering a subscription music service, similar (read: exactly the same) to Napster, Yahoo, and others. The deal is $10 a month for unlimited subscription downloads, and $15 if you want to transfer them to a compatible DAP. So will this "new" service top the ones already in place? Hard to say...I suspect people somehow trust AOL more than they do Napster.

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Samsung's "Shuffle-killer" is finally available to buy in the good ol' U.S. of A. The YP-U1 differs from Samsung's other flash offerings in that it goes for simple, rather than feature-packed. With that said, it still offers a multi-line LCD, WMA & Ogg support, and Voice recording, all things the Shuffle lacks. Costs less than the Shuffle too.

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iOPS has given us some weird-stuff before, and their latest S10 model is no different. It's difficult to explain what exactly it resembles, if anything, but it offers an SD slot, retractable USB plug, some blinking lights, etc. The S10 is white too, which is obviously very cool. Check it out next time you swing by Korea.

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Last, and well, definitely least, is a review of a screenless rebrand by iRock called the MP930ez. So, how "ez" is it to use? Well, very, with no screen, an SD/MMC slot (no built-in memory), and only simple playback controls. So what's the problem then? Oh, nothing, nothing, this device is solid...if we still lived in 2000.

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The verdict (by CNet):

The good: Support for SD/MMC expansion cards; easy to use; less than $ 50.

The bad: Supports MP3 files only; only 128MB of built-in memory; no LCD; subpar battery life; slow USB 1.1 transfer speed; no shuffle or extended play modes.

The bottom line: The cheap and easy iRock 930 MP3ez might be a good starter MP3 player for a child, but if you're even slightly serious about digital audio, avoid this device.

Verdict: 3.7/10

That's the news for today, see ya next time!

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