And…In MP3 News…

Cowon Reveals iAudio 7

 The picture is probably enough for you to realize that this is the successor of the Cowon iAudio 6, as few changes have been made to the exterior of the player, but what you can’t see is that the mini 0.85” hard drive has been replaced by flash memory in 4GB and 8GB sizes. The outstanding support for audio formats (MP3, WMA, ASF, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC) is still there, as are the 1.3” 260K-color OLED screen, FM radio, voice recorder, and support for XviD, TXT, and JPEG files. The new player’s 60-hour battery life is a dramatic increase over its predecessor’s 20-hour playback time.  

The Cowon iAudio 7 will be released in Korea on the 18th of July, but so far no international release date has been set.

Special Edition Red Microsoft Zune


Another special edition of the Microsoft Zune was released on the 10th of June. If you’re looking for a change from the standard black, white, and brown colors, but the pink wasn’t really your style, then maybe the upcoming “watermelon red” is for you. The player will be available exclusively from Amazon and Target.

 A bright new color will certainly draw some attention their way, but that’s all that Microsoft brings to the limited edition Zune. At this occasion, enhancing the player by providing a higher capacity or including extra features might show more of Microsoft’s interest in being a large part of the hard disk market.   

YP-E3: Another Day, Another DAP for Samsung


Yesterday saw Samsung Japan’s long overdue, yet official, announcement of their YP-U3 flash-based USB stick DAP. Just one day later reports of the YP-E3 in China have set a shadow over the company’s release.

So far the E3 has only been confirmed with a 1GB capacity and colors of black and white, but the OLED screen has the capability to display four lines of text in two colors.

This will no doubt prove useful as the player supports lyric display, has an FM radio, and features Samsung’s DNSe sound enhancement technology, all powered by an internal lithium-ion battery with 11 hours of continuous audio playback.

The E3’s measurements, 2.85” x 0.91” x 0.47″, give it a slightly less stick-like shape than the U3.

Sony Unveils PMX-M70 and PMX-U50 PMPs


When the first images of Sony’s new PMPs surfaced last month, we passed them off as completely fake.

After all, Sony wouldn’t develop the 4.3″ widescreen (480 x 272) PMX-M70 (pictured), with its 20-hour audio and 5-hour video playback times, or the smaller screened (2.4″) PMX-U50, with its 12-hour audio and 3-hour video times, specifically and exclusively for the Chinese market! It wouldn’t grace the MP4/AVI-playing M70 with direct A/V encoding, TV-Out, integrated speakers, and FM tuner and then only give it a measly 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB flash drive. And it certainly wouldn’t have the audacity to release the black, white, and pink U50 (pictured after the jump), seemingly toting all the same features as the M70 except for the recording capabilities, with just 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB of memory.

Sony wouldn’t do that, right? Well, not only would the company do such a thing, but it already did. And as is often the case, pricing and availability outside of China are unknown.

The Toshiba Gigabeat V Series Advances

Two new installments to Toshiba’s Gigabeat V series were announced today. The V801 and V401 will contain 80GB and 40GB hard drives, respectively. Once again, a new color, Bordeaux Brown, is added to the line-up, but this time there are more modifications to get excited about.  The 3.5-inch QVGA TFT screen has been upgraded to a 4 incher and the 320 x 240 pixel resolution has been increased to 480×272.

The players will feature a sensor that automatically alters the brightness of the screen to correspond to the surrounding light. The devices will also come with new H2C technology, which claims to compensate for sound quality lost during audio compression by using its own algorithm to counter the audio compression algorithms of WMA and MP3 files. The portable media players became available in Japan on June 1st.


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