“Samsung is joining the likes of Sony in a battle to knock the iPod off its MP3 throne. Samsung’s attempt to steal the music player market from Apple continues with the launch of the YP-Z5 . It’s a striking-looking model, a tad thicker and sturdier than its Apple counterpart but still small enough to be pocketable,” David Richards writes for Smarthouse. “The sound quality is excellent, but what could scupper the player is its control system. The YP-Z5 system is controlled by the user gently flicking the player. I constantly ended up on the wrong track. In an attempt to distance itself even further from the iPod, Samsung has achieved Microsoft PlaysForSure accreditation, which means it can play a variety of music formats from different music subscription services.”
“Unlike the Apple product, which will only play DRM ACC files from iTunes, Samsung’s Z5 supports a variety of music formats from different music subscription services. Users will be able to play DRM content transferred from a PC as well as MP3, WMA and DRM10 formats,” Richards writes.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MikeR” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Unlike poorly-researched reviews, we’ll tell you that the Apple iPod supports a variety of music formats and will not only play “DRM AAC files” purchased from the iTunes Music Store, but also AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. That Samsung has “achieved Microsoft PlaysForSure accreditation” is a sure sign that Apple’s seat atop it’s MP3 throne is secure.
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