Creative (formerly Creative Labs) has previewed an MP3 player which it claims is future proof.
The company believes it has protected consumer investment in its Creative Digital Audio Player II by building Codec Agnostic reprogrammable firmware into the device.
Although the player supports current MP3 and WMA digital formats, consumers will be able to upgrade the device to support future audio compression standards, notably Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI 2.0).
The device comes with 64Mb of onboard flash memory upgradeable by a further 64Mb, providing 128Mb. It features an open Smartmedia slot which provides several hours of audio storage, and a built-in FM tuner can store up to 20 pre-set stations.
The device will be sold with a docking station to enable users to transfer data to and from the player and recharge its batteries.
Price and availability have yet to be announced.
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