Carlsbad, Calif.-based Digital Mind Corp. (DMC) on Thursday announced an update to its
Xclef 500, a Mac- and PC-compatible digital music player that the company claims is the first to offer 100GB of storage capacity. The Xclef 500 connects using a USB 2.0 interface and also accepts input from a built-in mic, line-in audio connector and S/PDIF optical mini plug. It features 20+ hour battery life using a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and supports built-in MP3 encoding, voice recording, FM radio and recording capability and more. It’s recognized as a mass storage device by the host Mac or PC, and supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and ASF audio file formats. AAC — including those Digital Rights Management (DRM)-protected files purchased through the iTunes Music Store — is not supported.
The Xclef 500 measures 5 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches and weighs approximately 9 ounces. By comparison, Apple’s 40GB iPod measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.69 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces, but has less than half the storage capacity.
The secret to the Xclef’s comparatively massive storage capacity and the reason for its hefty weight and larger dimensions is that it uses a standard 2.5-inch laptop hard disk drive mechanism. In fact, DMC sells a do-it-yourself version of the Xclef 500 without a drive for $149. 40, 60, 80 and 100GB versions cost $249, $299, $349 and $449 respectively.