Iomega heeft aangekondigd dat Rio, onderdeel van SonicBlue, in toekomstige audioproducten gebruik zal maken van Iomega's PocketZip formaat. PocketZip schijfjes zijn qua afmetingen vergelijkbaar met een luciferdoosje en zijn verkrijgbaar in twee formaten met een capaciteit van 40 of 100MB en prijzen vanaf 10 dollar per disk. Het opslagmedium biedt ondersteuning voor het beveiligde Digital Rights Management (DRM) systeem van ondermeer Microsoft en InterTrust. De PocketZip producten van Rio moeten nog aangekondigd worden:
Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data management solutions, announced today that it will work with Rio, a division of SONICblue Incorporated (Nasdaq: SBLU), to incorporate Iomega's internal 100MB PocketZipTM drive into future Rio® offerings.
Iomega's new PocketZip 100MB drive uses matchbook-sized 100MB disks that are protected from scratches by a durable metal shell. PocketZip 100MB disks will retail for as little as $10 each, lowering the cost of removable storage to as little as ten cents per megabyte in an easily swappable and sharable format.
PocketZip 100MB disks are fully rewritable and do not need to be physically flipped in the drive to read their full capacity. PocketZip-based devices can also double as an external storage device when connected to a computer, making them an ideal portable alternative for backing up, editing and updating large files. The new 100MB PocketZip drive is an addition to Iomega's existing line of 40MB drives and disks, which Iomega will continue to manufacture and support.
Designed for a new generation of digital audio devices and other products, PocketZip disks are serialized to integrate with popular digital rights management (DRM) systems from Microsoft, InterTrust, and others (support for InterTrust's DRM has been announced and is in development). PocketZip disks enable secure content to be downloaded and locked to the disk itself, an option not available with most current storage formats. With PocketZip disks, consumers can enjoy downloading and listening to both free and secure music or spoken word content on any compatible player, much as they can today with their collection of CDs.