MP3 looks about to take off , despite resistance from music industry heavyweights.
According to MP3.com, at least four new players using the compression format, which allows music to be downloaded from the Internet, will hit the shelves by this summer. The players are being developed in Korea and will bring added bells and whistles, including AM/FM radio, digital voice recording, personal organising facilities and karaoke.
. One of the first players likely to appear is Varo Vision?s Clikman. Far more advanced than the Rio, Clikman uses Iomega?s Click technology to store up to 40Mbytes of MP3 files. It will also work as a digital voice recorder.
Iomega?s Clik drives are being built to go into a variety of consumer products, including portable phones and digital cameras, providing an easy and convenient way of transferring data.
Koreu Media is thought to be creating an MP3 player that will also act as a portable karaoke machine. But if gimmicks are the name of the game, Digital Way is going one step further and creating an MP3 player that can also store digital photos. A number of other companies are developing devices for cars. The players will cost from around $120.
Manufacturers are not the only ones taking advantage of the compression format to download music from the Internet. MP3Critic has launched its Real Audio radio station, WMP3. This offers broadcasts and reviews from MP3.com artists like L Shaw Brooks, The Puddle Jumpers, 13 Stories, Kevorkian Death Cycle, and Rainmaker. You need a Real Audio Player to listen to the shows.
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