Forget lugging around your portable player - Samsung has come up with a way to play digital music on your mobile phone.
The small, silver phone can hold up to 16Mbyte of digital music which equates to about 15 minutes play time. Before MP3 addicts start frothing at the mouth, the bad news is it is currently only available in Korea. But sources close to Samsung say the electronics giant has big global plans for the mobile phone to target the “MTV” generation.
Digital music files are encrypted into Samsung's proprietary Secumax format, downloaded from the Internet to a PC and then into the mobile phone where they are stored on a flash memory chip. For security reasons the files require a product serial number to open them.
The phone comes with an ear attachment, much like a portable MP3 player, that enables consumers to listen to the music without annoying other people on the train.
Samsung is expected to launch a 32Mbyte version of the mobile phone in Korea next month.
It is believed that Samsung is now working on a mobile phone that will store MP3 format files without the necessity for encryption. This “must have” for MP3 fans should hit the shelves in time for Christmas in the US.
The downside is that listening to digital music tracks sucks the battery of the phone.
The charge will last for around four hours if you are listening to music or around one hour and a half if you are simply using it for telephone conversations. The phone is expected to cost around $400 in the US.
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