Digital music devices for playing music downloaded from the Internet can be seen in all sizes, shapes and colours at Comdex this year.
Digital music gadgets are barely 12 months old, yet there is little doubt that they have captured the imaginations of consumers. And if the raft of products on show in Las Vegas is anything to go by, a boom is on the way.
Sony, the inventor of the Walkman, is showing off its 2.5 ounce MS Walkman. But there are lots of alternatives on the show floor.
Pine Technology from Hong Kong is debuting its D-music series in transparent hues of blue, green and pink. The players, which sport a 'Mac'-style look that Pine is hoping will attract consumers, can store an hour of music and will cost $249 when they go on sale in December.
Creative Labs is developing its Nomad 2 digital player for release next year. The unit will feature a backlit screen where you will be able to see the title and track of the song you are playing together with information about the artist.
One of the neatest players has to be a one-ounce wristwatch-size gadget from C-One Tech called the MP Wow. It can store four of your favourite tracks and can be purchased over the Internet for $169.
C-One is also planning to launch the 'Butterfly' in the spring of 2000, a unit that converts digital audio into magnetic tape. Its sides fold up to the shape and size of a cassette so you can play it in your regular cassette player.
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