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Kyocera plans to display five new phones that include its first two music-centric phones and an expanded selection of CDMA 1x EV-DO models.
The company is also launching its first PC Card modem with CDMA 1x EV-DO high-speed data.
The modem uses the Express Card form factor, and the two music phones are clamshell models with music-dedicated controls on the outside and stereo Bluetooth on the inside.
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A second-generation wireless instant messaging device from Zipit Wireless adds MP3 player, photo viewer and Wi-Fi streaming of Web radio stations and PC-stored music at $149.
Like its predecessor, the handheld Zipit Wireless Messenger Z2 incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11b to let users access AOL, Yahoo! and MSN instant messaging accounts without having to sit at a PC.
Pioneer's second-generation wearable satellite radio, the Sirius XM XMp3, is the first satellite-radio receiver with the ability to record several channels at once for later playback, Sirius XM said.
The $279-suggested XMp3 headphone stereo will replace Pioneer's first-generation model, the $399-suggested Inno, which was marketed by XM before the merger of the two satellite providers.
SanDisk is bundling its new $99-suggested Sansa SlotRadio player with a SlotRadio (MicroSD) card preloaded with 1,000 MP3 songs in multiple genres. Thousand-song cards in specific genres are also planned at a suggested $39.99.
The player and preloaded cards are targeted to time-pressed consumers who lack the time or patience for downloading individual songs or ripping their own CDs, then transferring them to an MP3 player.
Oakley's latest generation of MP3 sunglasses features removable speakers, boosts memory capacity to 2GB, extends battery life to eight hours and comes in a new design that includes larger control buttons integrated into the company's O icon on each side of the frame.
The Split Thump is smaller than its predecessors and is Oakley's first product compatible with iTunes software.
Sales of iPods and other-brand MP3 players have grown so rapidly in recent years that a so-called iPod economy has emerged, generating sales of anything that connects to the iPod. iPod speaker systems for the home come to mind, as do Pod-docking home and car audio systems are now getting
MP3 players posted the biggest gains in ownership by kids ages 4 to 14 compared to any other portable CE product, including cellphones and digital cameras, The NPD Group found in a survey of 3,200 online households.
Alcatel-Lucent promises to license out its two MP3-related patents at "reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms" now that a federal jury found that Microsoft's Windows Media Player infringed on the two patents and awarded Alcatel-Lucent $1.52 billion in compensatory damages.