At Telecom 99 in Geneva, Ericsson demonstrates a small MP3 player, which can be attached to a mobile phone. The MP3 player from Ericsson lets you listen to near CD-quality audio through the stereo earpieces between calls. The player is shown as a fully working prototype and will be commercialized during next year. Ericsson recently also unveiled a plug-in FM radio, which will be on market towards the end of this year.
This plug-in combined MP3 player and portable handsfree for mobile phones is showed for the first time at Telecom 99 in Geneva. No more need to unplug your music and plug in your portable handsfree. Just put the two earpieces in your ears, start the high quality audio player and listen to your favorite music in the stereo earpieces. Incoming calls are channeled through both earpieces and the cord features a microphone to speak into and a button to answer calls with. If you listen to the music when you receive an incoming call, the sound from the player will automatically be muted and you may answer the call with the button on the cord. The high quality audio player is completely controlled and powered by the mobile phone - no extra batteries or space consuming buttons or display.
[...] The digital music is stored on small memory cards called MultiMedia Card (MMC). Together with a card reader connected to a computer the user can copy digital music files from the computer to the high quality audio player just as easy as copying files onto a floppy disc.