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Today's DAP Headlines:

So what's new in DAP/PMP land these days? Well, Median came up with two new MP3 players, whereas Cnet kept themselves busy with reviewing the Truly MP-313X as well as comparing the iPod v4 to the v5. In the meantime, we've picked three random examples of what we'd like to call the "iForgery" business.

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Median dumped one of the first color screen-equiped flash DAPs on the market months and months ago: the MX-100. Later on there was the MX-250 with its sexy OLED screen and currently, the company seems to be on the virge of releasing the super-versatile MX-300/400 series. But apparently, that's not enough for your average-day South Korean DAP manufacturer. Enter the flash-based MX-500 and MX-700. The 500 is more or less an improved version of the MX-250 (twice as good, perhaps?), whereas the MX-700 seems to be a downgraded MX-400, lacking an SD slot for memory expansion yet boasting lots of other jummy stuff (FM tuner, voice recorder, color screen + support for video playback, retractable USB pen, maximum capacity of 2GB).

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Truly's MP-313X was nicknamed "Pic 'n Roll" for no apparent reason. Yes, it can display pictures indeed - but the "auto roll over" functionality has yet to be implemented. Cnet took this thing for a ride and pretty much hated it, despite the decent feature set (which includes both FM radio and SD card slot). In the end, the MP-313X scores a meager 5.0/10 - that's what a weak battery performance and stupid media transfer software can do to a DAP.

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Speaking of Cnet: their Australian comrades recently put up an article in which they've compared the iPod v4 with the new v5. A list of 5 reasons rolled out of this whole procedure, supposedly showing us all why the v4 is the better DAP (nothing other than that) of the two. A more satisfying battery life and faster processing times rank first and second on said list.

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What would this world be without our daily dosis worth of plagiarism? Well, we'll probably never find out because these things just keep coming and coming like there's no tomorrow. Speaking of copycats - Trust & Star from China managed to butcher our beloved "Hello Kitty" and transform it into something they like to call the "X-88A". In the meantime, Elelux's WMT-60 is an SD card version of the regular iPod (oh yeah, they've taken off the entire top section, including the screen - minor detail). Chen Sheng's SciPod (...) 842 just blatantly rips off the iPod shuffle's design, adds an LCD screen and a dual headphone jack plus some random features et voila: a new player was born once more.


That's all for today, dear readers. See you again tomorrow!

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