Casio is gearing up to release a palm size device that will enable consumers to download music from the Internet using Microsoft?s new compression format MS Audio 4.0.
Microsoft unveiled the beta of its Windows Media Technologies platform 4.0 Tuesday and at the same time debuted the $500 Casio device. (see VNU Newswire 14 April 1999)
Microsoft?s MS Audio 4.0 compression format creates files around half the size of MP3. It also includes a security feature designed to stop the illegal copying and distribution of audio on the Internet.
Casio?s device is a personal information manager that also enables consumers to download up to four hours of music from the Internet using MS Audio 4.0. It runs Windows CE and will support a full range of audio and video technologies.
Microsoft claims that Audio 4.0 provides better sound quality than both Real Networks Realsystem G2 Media Player and MP3. Experts present at the launch, which was presided over by Mick Fleetwood, maintain that Audio 4.0 still is not significantly better than either MP3 or Real Networks.
Industry experts believe that the competition hotting up amongst companies to come up with a standard format for downloading music from the Internet is healthy as it will give consumers more choice and speed up innovation.
The Casio device is expected to be launched next month.
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