Dell’s latest releases in the US include a new music player and music download service, but the vendor hasn’t decided when the new offerings might hit our shores.
The DJ music player comes with a 15GB hard drive. A second version with a 20GB hard drive will also be available. Hitachi’s 4.5cm Travelstar hard drive would be used in the new music players, Dell said.
The 15GB version is priced at $US249, while the 20GB version will cost $329. The Dell DJ weighs 212.8g, and would play music continuously for 16 hours, Dell said.
Apple was one of the first companies to release a music player with a hard drive, and the first to enjoy widespread success with the device.
Apple’s iPod music players come in 10GB, 20GB and 40GB versions, and weigh less than the Dell DJ.
Prices start at $US299 for the 10GB version.
Dell’s music download service will come through a partnership with Musicmatch, which offers 250,000 songs for $US0.99 each, or complete albums for $US9.99 or higher.
Songs will be available in the MP3 or Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. A version of Apple’s iTunes service for Windows users launched earlier this month, but allows Windows users to download songs only in the M4P format, also known as advanced audio coding (AAC). The M4P file extension was developed by Apple as digital rights management (DRM) technology for iTunes. Songs created in that file format will not play on portable devices other than the iPod.
The Musicmatch service uses the DRM technology within the WMA format to limit the number of copies of a song that can be ripped to a CD or transferred to portable music players that support the WMA format.