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Like an iPod on a Low Carb Diet

Techstination feature for Tuesday, September 14, 2004

It's like an iPod on a low carb diet. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Apple, Creative Labs, Sony and Samsung are among the best known companies making digital music players. Models with hard drives let you carry all your music around with you everywhere. One of the most unique music players on the market…is the JetAudio iAudio M3 from Cowan of South Korea. It has a complicated name…and a more complicated interface than the iPod….but its style and features make it worth a look. JetAudio business development director Sanggoo Kang…

"M3 is an MP3 player, voice recorder and FM radio. So we tried to make the slimmest MP3. So we extracted the LCD monitor from the main body and added it to the remove control. Users can keep the main body in their bags and control it through a remote."

It's a neat idea that some users will like…and some won't. The small LCD screen on the remote can be difficult to read…and the controls take some getting used to. They aren't as intuitive as an iPods. But being able to record directly from any audio source, the built in FM radio or the built in microphone is a big plus. And there are no complaints about battery life or sound quality. And while pricing is similar to the iPod…

"Remember, ours has all the accessories inside. Apple's 299 dollar version…it doesn't have any accessories."

You can find more information at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.