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Samsung’s “answer to the Nano,” the 4GB flash-based YP-Z5 Music Jukebox, now comes in a metallic-y pink, joining the black and silver versions already available. With up to 35 hours of playback, this 2-ounce digital audio player displays JPEG, MP3, WMA and WMA DRM10 files and is compatible with any subscription-based music service. The 4GB model is priced at $249, the 2GB at $199 and 1GB at $149.
Samsung took time to show off its BD-P1000, which debuted in June as the first Blu-ray player on the U.S. market. Samsung says 200 new movie titles will be added to the Blu-ray library by year’s end, though the BD-P1000 does play CDs and supports as DVD formats. Available for $999, it plays Blu-ray titles at the highest resolution available via a 1080p HDMI output, and also converts traditional DVDs to 1080p.
The HT-Q45 5.1-channel “home theater in a box” is a five-disc DVD player that supports MP3, WMA, JPEG and MPEG files via the USB port on the right. It’s also XM Radio-ready, though consumers have to supply the tuner and buy the subscription. You can eliminate the rear speaker wires too–if you buy the wireless transmitter separately. The product retails for $279.
The 1GB SC-X210WL sells for $699 and the 512MB SC-X205WL for $599. The black, rubberized and waterproof casing protects a slim, flash-based camcorder featuring a wireless auxiliary lens. Aimed at outdoor daredevils, the camera can remain hidden in a backpack or pocket while the auxiliary lens, powered by two AA batteries, can be strapped to a helmet, arm or backpack strap as you fly down the slopes or hurtle through the air in skydiving gear. Video is transmitted to the camera via a radio-frequency signal up to 15 feet away. The camcorder battery lasts 80 minutes, and the 1GB version captures up to 35 minutes of the highest-quality video.
In 2005, one out of every four camcorders sold was a DVD cam, and so far this year, they have accounted for 40 percent of Samsung’s camcorder sales. The Samsung SC-DC564 is dual-layer media compatible with a 26x optical zoom, has 1.1-megapixel resolution, an SD card slot and plays MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video. This model sells for $549 and includes a strobe and remote.
This XM/MP3 player lets users listen to and record music, sports or talk radio on XM’s 160-channel lineup as well as store and play downloaded music–and then take it all to go. While in the dock, the color screen displays horizontally; when picked up, the display switches to portrait-style. The portable device, which is available in a 1GB model, hit stores in May for $399. It weighs 4.5 ounces, stores up to 50 hours of XM programs and has fun, customizable options. Helix users can concoct playlists featuring both XM and downloaded music files, and by using TuneSelect, are alerted anytime a favorite artist is playing on another XM channel.