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CES 2008 News: Media Players

My CES 2008 news update comes in the following sections: Laptops & UMPCs, Home Entertainment, Media Players, Cellphones, Gaming and Trick Technologies. To read all the CES 2008 articles, click here. Details of dates, pricing and specifications described below are given from the best information available at the time of writing and may change at any time at each manufacturer’s discretion.
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Media Players
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Apple was not at CES (Macworld is Jan 14-18th) so we’ll have to wait a few days any iPod news, but some other companies came to to CES with some great looking models players.
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Amongst them Creative showed the 4GB Zen Stone Plus, an ultra-cute iPod Shuffle competitor with a host of cool features. The player is available in several colors with up to 4 GB of storage and a cool bright blue display. Useful features include a stopwatch and countdown timer for helping out at the gym. The Zen Stone Plus also has a voice recorder. The 4 GB version should be available soon, whilst the 2 GB version is already in stores undercutting the iPod Shuffle by a significant margin.
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Creative also had the new 32 GB Zen on display, a world first for solid state media players. The new addition is otherwise the same as the existing range of 4/8/16 GB Zens offering video as well as music playback. There is an SD slot for extra expansion, but no wireless capability, unlike the new Zune…
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Microsoft’s recently updated Zune has a great interface, which is easy to navigate and looks super-cool. The screen is vivid, video runs well and Zune Marketplace has one million DRM-free songs available. The real killer punch though is the wireless PC sync’ing and Zune to Zune sharing (see top). We’ll have to wait until Macworld on Jan 14-18th to see if Apple brings similar functionality to the iPod.
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One of the more amusing players was Sony’s Rolly, which danced around singing music from its onboard speakers. Sansa’s recently released Shaker was also on display, looking cute as ever in its pepperpot-like shell.
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See photos and read CES news about: Laptops & UMPCs, Home Entertainment, Media Players, Cellphones, Gaming and Trick Technologies.
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To read all the CES 2008 articles, click here.
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Neil Berman
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http://www.neilberman.com/
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Jan 11, 2008 - Posted by | Apple, Audio, Microsoft | ,

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