readies MP3 music player
Toshiba is set to return to the audio
consumer electronics market this year with an MP3-based digital
music player, according to reports in Japanese business paper Nihon
Toshiba pulled out of the hi-fi market back in 1989. But by
focusing on the Internet music business, the company's return
isn't as radical as it might at first sound. In essence, releasing
an MP3 player, which will interface with a PC, is simply an
extension of Toshiba's existing computing business.
Details of the upcoming device are vague, beyond its use of MP3
files downloaded via a PC then stored on plug-in memory cards --
exactly what you'd expect. The player will also almost certainly
be compliant with Phase I of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI)
Pricing has yet to be decided, a Toshiba spokesperson told Nihon
Keizai, but it will be released simultaneously in the US and
Japan, probably in time for the Christmas sales period.