Portable Media Center Roundup


As everyone’s probably heard by now Microsoft has unveiled both Windows Media 10 and the MSN Music Store. Windows Media 10 provides MSN Music Store integration much as iTunes integrates with Apple’s Music Store. This dual roll-out by Microsoft has particular significance for a new device platform which is just appearing now, the Portable Media Center (PMC). There are currently PMCs available from three different manufacturers that are just being released to market now and following is a brief overview of the three models.

Creative Zen Portable Media Centercreative_zen_pmcSpecs:Size WxHxD: 5.67″ x 3.18″ x 1.06″ (144mm x 80.7mm x 27mm)Weight: 12oz (340 grams) with batteryDisplay: 3.8″, 320 x 240 pixel resolution, backlit LCD DisplayCapacity: 20GB Hard drive(1)Battery Life: Up to 22hrs continuous audio playtime(2)Or up to 7hrs of continuous video playtime(2)Interface: USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)Video Playback Format: Windows Media Video (WMV) 7, 8 and 9Audio Playback Support: Windows Media?Audio (WMA) (Lossless, Standard, Voice) MP3Photo Format Support: JPEGWindows Media Player 10 Supported Formats(3): ASF, DVR-MS, AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2(4) MPE, M1V, MPG, MP2, WAV, AU, SNDAvailable accessories:Li-ion Polymer BatteryFM Wire-remote ControlMSRP: $499.99Samsung Yepp YH-999samsung_yepp_pmcSpecs:Display: 3.5″ TFT Color LCDCapacity: 20 GB HDD (USB 2.0)Battery: Lithium-ionAudio/ Video Playback: MP3, WMA, WMVAccessories:Remote ControlCharging CradleComposite Out (A/V Out)MSRP: $499.99iRiver PMP-120iriver_pmcSpecs:Display: 3.5″ TFT Color LCDStorage: 20 GB HDDRadio: FM Tuner (integrated)Voice Recorder: IntegratedBattery: Lithium-ion (10 hour audio/ 5 hour video)Accessories:Car Power AdapterWrap-around HeadphonesCar Cassette AdapterMSRP: $499.99

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