Pine Technology heeft een nieuw multi-functioneel MP3 playertje ge´ntroduceerd waarmee je ook CD's en FM radio kunt beluisteren. C|Net News.com brengt de info:
Dubbed the SM-200C, Pine's portable MP3 player allows users to listen to music stored on CDs--whether it originated on the Web, from a traditionally manufactured CD, or even FM radio. Since compact discs can hold up to 100 songs stored in the MP3 format, users can access to hours of music without being tethered to their computers, the company said.
In essence, the Pine is one of the first MP3 players to operate independent of the PC, because it can obtain music from sources other than the Web or a computer hard drive.
Unlike other portable MP3 players, however, it cannot store music, a potential drawback. Also, while existing MP3 players require users to download from the Internet, the vast majority of music stored in the format resides there, making the value of MP3's emancipation from the desktop somewhat dubious, observers say.
Het ding moet 299 dollar gaan kosten en is daarmee helaas wel behoorlijk heftig geprijst.