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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.
Vernon, Calif. - Naxa Electronics has introduced an MP4/MP3 player with a 2-megapixel camera.
The NX-151, which is schedule to ship next month, has 4GB of internal flash memory, 2.4-inch LCD color screen, PLL digital FM radio, SD micro card slot for memory expansion, ID text display and built-in speaker with preset equalizer.
The unit also includes a rechargeable lithium battery, USB cable and high-performance stereo earphones, Naxa said.
The suggested retail for the NX-151 is $79.95.
MP3 and portable media player (PMP) suppliers at next month's International CES will launch new products designed to encourage replacement sales in a mature marketplace, suppliers and analysts said.
Replacement sales do not yet account for a majority of unit sales but are on the rise because of average two-year ownership periods, they added.