|Almost a year after it's unveiling, Diamond's Rio PMP300 is
beginning to show it's age, both in terms of it's dull, black
apperance and it's limited storage capacity. Using the built-in
32 megs of memory, the player only stores 30 minutes of CD quality
music, but removable flash memory cards (purchased separately) can
be used to bump up the playback time
Rio PMP300: $199.
|The latest Rio packs 64 megs of RAM - upgradeable to 98 megs with flash memory - allowing for 90 minutes of CD-quality music. The 500 also supports Audible.com's codec for spoken-word programming. Available late 1999.
Rio 500: $269.
|Like the Rio PMP300, the Nomad supports 32 megs of built-in
RAM, and you can boost that another 32 with flash memory
cards. Creative Labs differentiates its player by including
new features-including a voice recorder (holding up to four
hours of audio), a snazzier LCD display, and an FM tuner-not
to mention the oh-so-hip brushed-metal styling.
|The MPlayer3 comes with sans built-in memory, and removable
flash memory cards. Pointis is banking on forthcoming 128-meg
cards to make this player sing.
|The MP-F10 is the entry level bad boy of Saehan's complete
line of MP3 players, featuring 32 megs of RAM, expandable to
|The MP-F20 uses flash cards and 32 megs of built-in memory
to provide 60 minutes of CD-quality music. Unlike the MP-F10,
this tune toter includes a parallel port, freeing you from
docking station once and for all.
|The latest, has more memory than the others, up to 128 megs,
so you can take it on a 10K run and then some. It hold 2
hours of CD quality music and comes with remote-headphones
and a memo feature.
MP-F30: price unavailable.
|The MP-H10 come with a 2.1-gig hard drive, with a capability
of storing up to 500 songs. Also comes with editing software
so you can create custom play lists. Available late 1999.
MP-H10: price unavailable.
|Instead of flash cards, this player uses 40-meg Clik! Disks
to store tunes. The advantage? Well if you have a Clik! Drive
it's pretty handy. Otherwise just another form of removable
media to bother with. Also available late 1999.
MP-CL10: price unavailable.
Yepp E Series
|Entry level Yepp. Only the basics in terms of memory and appearance,
and does provide a parallel port for your PC.Available late
Yepp E Series: appox. $200.
Yepp B Series
|Cool magnesium look, but why it requires a docking station,
unlike the E series is a mystery. 32 megs built in memory
with no room for expansion. Late 1999.
Yepp B Series: appox. $225.
Yepp D Series
|Yepp D is what you're looking for: Magnesium shell and 32 megs
of RAM, with flash memory cards for an added 32 megs. A digital
FM tuner is thrown in as well. Late 1999.
Yepp D Series: appox. $250.
|Wired Global Communications
|The strangest MP3 initiative. Instead of storing MP3s in RAM,
you use a CD burnere to store MP3 files on a CD and then
play the CD on the CD^3. That way you can carry around 200+
songs on the CD. Prototype built, awaiting hardware manufacture.
|A home-stereo component of sorts, this MP3 plaer is definitly
not portable. Instead, it features a hefty hard drive. Music
files are compressed with a PC then transfered to Oscar's
massive hard disc. The advantage: 2,500 song storage. Limited
|The MZ3-3500 has a CD player that stores songs and supports
MP3 files. But unlike the competition it's hard drive holds
3,500 songs. It also includes a touchscreen remote, an
interface that automatically recognizes the labels tracks, and
an intelligent agent that can learn the songs you like and play
them when you want. Late 1999.