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Something I saw at the MVP Summit this year and never mentioned cause I still thought it was top top secret and I would have people chasing me down if I even whispered ANYTHING to my mother about this at all is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The Microsoft Portable Media Center is an MP3/Video/Photo player that is out there to compete with Apple's IPOD. This, from the demo I saw of it in the MVP Summit, is a pretty cool device. There seem to be two models available - the Samsung Yepp YH-999 20 GB Portable Media Center.

and the Creative Labs 20 GB Zen Portable Media Center.

Both are about $500 (that will take some convincing of the wife ... so I won't have one for awhile). They are a little bigger than the IPOD - but they do so much more!

Look at this kid! ... he's having fun with his. Wonder what he is watching? Also, will be offering free baseball games for people to download and watch on their ..... on their ..... Portable Media Centers. You know, this product needs a better name. That definitely won't do. It is as if the government has named this thing. It needs something catchy! - MC Port or something (sorry Mr. MC Hammer). Look at these features:

  • Watch up to 80 hours of Movies, recorded TV or Home Videos
  • Store and listen to over 10,000 songs
  • Carry and enjoy 100,000 photos
  • Large, high resolution 3.8” TFT LCD backlit for crisp and clear images
  • Removable and rechargeable Li-Ion battery – carry a spare so your entertainment will never be cut short
  • Powerful Windows Mobile operating system lets you easily sync, find and manage your digital entertainment
  • Quickly transfer content from your PC to your Zen Portable Media Center with USB 2.0
  • Built-in speaker means you can enjoy your movie or music with others
  • 4 preset buttons that shortcut to your favorite TV show, movie or song
  • Plays all popular formats including WMV, WMA, MP3, JPG
  • Supports Microsoft Photo Story - creates your own photo slideshow and add in your own narration, music, transition effects and more!
  • Up to 90dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio - as good as expensive hi-fi systems!

    Wow! 80 hours of movies ... wonder what format the movies need to be in? Who wants to buy me one?

  • Posted on Friday, July 9, 2004 5:42 AM Microsoft , Gadgets | Back to top

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