CD/MP3 player that plays AAC files?
January 21, 2005
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Are there any CD/MP3 players that will play AAC files? If not, do you think we'll see them in the near future?
You're looking for a rare item. The only CD/MP3 player I've seen that plays AAC files is the older Philips eXpanium eXp 401. This "pocket-size" player reads the smaller 8cm CDs and is typically available on sites like eBay and Amazon. Although it plays standard AAC files, it won't play protected AAC files such as the ones you can purchase from the iTunes and RealPlayer music stores. While CD/MP3 players are inexpensive and considered a good fit for certain people, we probably won't be seeing many players that support AAC in the near future.
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