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© WIRED Magazine August 1999.
Diamond Multimedia
Rio PMP300
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.
Diamond Multimedia
Rio 500
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.
Creative Labs
Nomad
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.
Nomad: $249.
Pontis
MPlayer3
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.
MPlayer3: $195.
Saehan
MP-F10
The MP-F10 is the entry level bad boy of Saehan's complete line of MP3 players, featuring 32 megs of RAM, expandable to 64.
MP-F10: $179.
Saehan
MP-F20
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.
MP-F20: $179.
Saehan
MP-F30
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.
Saehan
MP-H10
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.
Saehan
MP-CL10
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.
Samsung
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 1999.
Yepp E Series: appox. $200.
Samsung
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.
Samsung
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
CD^3
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.
CD^3: $399.
BayCom GmbH
Oscar
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 availability.
Oscar: $410.
LydstrŲ
MZ3-3500
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.
MZ3-3500: $1000.