The latest word on flash-based players
September 21, 2005
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What's the latest word on flash players? Are they coming down in price and going up in capacity?
| |The flash-based-player market is still as hot as ever
, with 512MB players considered entry-level capacity. Many of these, including market leader iPod Shuffle, can be had for well less than $100. Although prices haven't plummeted for a good six months, expect to see capacities of 2GB and more gaining some traction at sub-$200 prices. Ultimately, we'll probably see affordable 10GB players within a couple of years. In terms of the latest technology--and flash players have traditionally adopted most extra features, including photo viewing--the iRiver T10
and T30 series are at the forefront, with awesome battery life (count Sony in there too) and compatibility with subscription-based downloads. The latter will become huge, though adoption rates are still low, and the technology that links the players to the PC's jukebox software is still a bit shady.
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