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Magna Data launches its e-tail planet

Another online department store was launched on the Australian market in late December, this time by Davnet's ISP subsidiary Magna Data.

Magna Data managing director Ron Creevey claims the shopping network, magnaplanet, has more than 20,000 products on offer, and is expected to be added to during January.

As well as music and electrical goods, the department store carries computer hardware featuring Compaq and Palm systems and a range of software.

Meanwhile, besides Creevey's promotion to Magna Data MD, Davnet has announced a raft of senior appointments including Stephen Moignard as group managing director, Jason Ashton as president of Davnet telecommunications and Chris MacNee as managing director of networking and project management consulting group Magna Systems.www.magnaplanet.com.auCasio puts MP3 player in arm's reachCasio has announced a wrist-worn MP3 player. The WMP-1V Wrist Audio Player is about the size of a large, sport-type men's wristwatch and is worn on the wrist in the same way. Users can download MP3-format music to it from their computer and listen to it through earphones that ship with the product.

The water-resistant Wrist Audio Player weighs 70 grams and is designed not to skip, even if the user is running, dancing or otherwise moving around while listening to it, according to Casio. The Wrist Audio Player can store approximately 33 minutes of CD-quality sound, 44 minutes of near CD-level quality sound or 66 minutes of FM broadcast-level quality sound, the company said. It takes 70 seconds to download one four-minute track of music to the Wrist Audio Player, it added. This lengthy download time is one of the problems of Internet-based music that remains to be solved.

The Wrist Audio Player is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can deliver approximately four hours of continuous playback.

In addition to the wrist-worn component, the Wrist Audio Player comes with stereo headphones, software to link the unit to the user's computer, a charger/communication attachment, an AC adapter and a USB cable, Casio said. System requirements for the Wrist Audio Player include a PC running Windows 98 and a Pentium 166MHz or higher, 64MB of