New Portable MP3/CD Player

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Pine Technology announced an MP3 player that uses CDs instead of flash memory to store the MP3 files, which means that you might be able to burn a CD-R with all your MP3s and play them in this player.

They haven’t said if the player uses a proprietary filesystem or readsstandard filesystems such as ISO-9660, but if it does, that means you canburn a CD-R with all your MP3s and play them back on this player, as well ason your PowerBook.

The user interface had better be good. The worse case would be to have 100tracks referenced only by track number and only two buttons, one for nexttrack and one for previous track. Imagine how you’d advance to track 99.

What we’d like to see is a Palm accessory or Springboard Modulethat plays MP3s off of CDs and gives you all the standard player controlsand a playlist. Also, the market is wide open for a car MP3 player — theonly production car audio MP3 player we know of is the Empeg MP3 Car Audio Player.

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