“Samsung Electronic is unveiling new digital audio players, which the company claims are the smallest of their kind. The two models — the YEPP Digital Audio Player YP-T5H and the YP-T5V — are each about 2 inches by 1 inch by 1 inch, and weigh under an ounce without a battery. The devices are the “smallest with an LCD and tuner,” says Mark Farish, Samsung’s marketing manager. Of course, the way this industry works, we can expect that they won’t be the smallest for long,” Lincoln Spector reports for PC World.
Spector reports, “As the devices require only a single AAA battery, power won’t add much to their weight. Samsung estimates that one of these players can run on one battery for up to 15 hours. The 128MB YP-T5H will list for US$130; the 256MB YP-T5V, for US$180.”
“Both YEPPs can play .mp3, .wma, and .wav files. To keep the players up-to-date, they come with upgradable firmware that will allow Samsung to add support for new formats. The players support songs downloaded from MusicMatch and the new Napster, but not from ITunes,” Spector reports. “Why is Apple Computer left out? According to Farish, ‘We don’t want to support ITunes at this time.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: More like Apple doesn’t want Samsung’s (or anybody else’s, smartly) players to work with songs purchased from Apple’s market-dominating iTunes Music Store. Of course, songs purchased from iTunes Music Store (AAC with Fairplay DRM) can be burned to CD and reimported as MP3 or WAV to work in these YEPP players (or use a third-party software utility), but we’d rather have an Apple iPod mini with 4GB for $70 more than the YEPP’s paltry 256MB and get full iTunes Music Store compatibility in the process.