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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Is it just me or has the MP3 market at this year's show been extremely quiet?  In fact the only MP3 that I have seen any information on yet is the new Samsung.  And it got a few initial impression beatings. 

 

Has anyone seen or heard of any new MP3 players to hit the market this year that's NOT a cell phone or a tablet?

post #2 of 14

That's just it -everything seems to be getting integrated together.  Why buy a camera, portable media player, cellular phone, and more when they can all be put into one unit?  

 

While my cell phone is more than capable (almost every Japanese phone is loaded with stuff), I prefer having dedicated equipment for my needs (camera, media player, etc.), but I think I fall in the minority here.  Companies like to go where the most money can be made.  The majority of equipment currently offered seems to be taking care of consumer needs in more than adequate fashion, so why make the investment into creating newer equipment for platforms that most consumers are losing interest in?  I wouldn't mind seeing some new media players though.  I have to admit I'm equally curious about what else is coming out in the near future... 

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'm with you.  I could care less about having media on my cell phone.  My phone needs to be for business and personall calling only.  I guess it's all about convenience. 

 

Hopefully some companies will just come out with some updated media players this year.

post #4 of 14

I think Archos, Creative, Cowon, Samsung anounced MP3 players(DAPs and Mini Tablets) on CES this year.

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post #6 of 14

I have tried to use my phone for music playback a few times - usually when I have forgotten my Clip+ or it has been out of battery. Every time I have used the phone some idiot got the idea that he/she should call me. That is extremely irritating. There are no phone calls that are more important than my music. And I mean it!

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by majestic12 View Post

While my cell phone is more than capable (almost every Japanese phone is loaded with stuff), I prefer having dedicated equipment for my needs (camera, media player, etc.), but I think I fall in the minority here.



If only this stuff would have been available outside of Japan... i can't even use browser on my DoCoMo phone, not to mention apps...

However, as a camera it is definitely not worse than an average cheap dedicated camera; and such an integration doesn't seem to affect DSLR cameras manufacturers. I wonder what is the difference between camera and media player segments.

post #8 of 14

DSLR: Wow, cool camera! So like, you're really into photography, huh?

 

MP3: Oh, it's not an ipod?

 

That's the difference.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Coatze View Post

DSLR: Wow, cool camera! So like, you're really into photography, huh?

 

MP3: Oh, it's not an ipod?

 

That's the difference.


Well put. 

 

Off topic a little bit but I have to say this while I remember: I hate how everything is ipod compatible.  It seems like every company makes an ipod dock.  I've gotten really tired of seeing them everywhere.  I know they're popular, but it's a bit overwhelming to see ipod stuff everywhere. 

 

I whip out my Archos media player from 2005 and people are like "wow!  that thing looks really cool!  what is it?"  It does music.  It does pictures.  It does video.  At the time I got it, I think ipods were just introducing models that had picture capabilities.  If only it did lossless and had a digital or line out...

post #10 of 14

its what happen when you monopoly more than 70% market share of mp3 player in the world :(

post #11 of 14

I was listening to my iRiver iHP-120 at work hooked up to my D10 on my UE10Pro. Coworker asked me what it is, said me an old MP3 player that's why its so big unlike a Nano. So he asked me what is that thing you are listening to in your ears? Said me old big earbuds. If he only knew.

post #12 of 14

^Classic! 

post #13 of 14

You should totally scare him with the price. Just do it.
 

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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post

I was listening to my iRiver iHP-120 at work hooked up to my D10 on my UE10Pro. Coworker asked me what it is, said me an old MP3 player that's why its so big unlike a Nano. So he asked me what is that thing you are listening to in your ears? Said me old big earbuds. If he only knew.

post #14 of 14

I would agree, this year at the show there wasn't much info on mp3 players, nothing even new from sony.

 

thing is, most companies now release MP3s players at random times of the year and then if it close to IFA, then they release it there, otherwise I doubt mp3 players will debut at major shows like CES now a days.

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