Archive for portable media center

Microsoft Announces the Zune Again – Now With More Details!

zune colors Microsoft Announces the Zune Again   Now With More Details!

Finally! Months after the rumor mill and FCC-website fanatics first spotted the Zune, Microsoft today lifted most of the not-so-secret lid on its upcoming 30GB player. WiFi-enabled and sporting a 3-inch QVGA display that can switch between landscape and portrait modes, the Zune also has an FM tuner with RBDS (station and song information will show up on the screen) and will be available during the holiday season in black, white, and (heinous) brown. Still not a peep about pricing, though you can be sure that it’ll be tagged to compete with its adversary, who just got marked down to $249.

More stuff including video of the interface below…

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Toshiba Gigabeat V Series PMP

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A quick visit to Toshiba’s dedicated Gigabeat website reveals an enticing, clickable “V Series Portable Video Player Pre-Order Today!” graphic in the bottom right corner. It seems the company has been working in stealth mode recently, as there really weren’t any indications that the Japan-only V30T PVP would cross the Pacific so soon.

But here it is (sans TV tuner). Now available for pre-order at Amazon and Crutchfield for $399, the all-American 30GB Gigabeat MEV30K features a backlit 3.5-inch QVGA TFT (65K colors, 320 x 240), TV-out capabilities, integrated speaker, and rechargeable li-ion battery that boasts 8 hours of video and 30 hours of audio (MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, Windows DRM 9/10, WAV) playback. It runs on Microsoft’s Portable Media Center software (version 2) and is thus compatible with Vongo and Windows Media Player 10 video download services such as Napster and Rhapsody.

The MEV30K is available in piano black, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a snow white version popped up eventually.

[Product Page via Engadget]

Toshiba Gigabeat S30 & S60 Review

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The highly anticipated third installment of Thoshiba’s hard drive based MP3player has finally been released after many months of waiting. Released in two different capacities, 30GB and 60GB, this player is graced with an amazing interface, powered by Microsoft’s Portable Windows Media Center. This platform allows for many easy to use features such as FM radio, photo browsing, on-the-go playlists, and video-out. Lacking in the file support area, the Gigabeat S supports MP3, WMA, WMV, and WMA Lossless. This media player is compatible with many different music services and some of the new video services. It also integrates with the Xbox 360, Tivo Series 2, and Windows Media Center.

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