Digital Mind Corp. (DMC) on Tuesday unveiled its
DMC 8270, a portable digital music player with 20GB of storage. Compatible with Macs and PCs, the DMC 8270 plays MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Ogg Vorbis audio file formats, features an FM radio tuner with direct recording capability, voice recording, and the ability to encode audio into MP3 without using a computer.
The device also features personal information management capabilities — at least if you’re using a PC: The DMC 8270 can synchronize data via Microsoft’s Outlook software for Windows PCs.
The DMC 8270 connects to a Mac or PC using a USB 2.0 interface, and can work as a hard drive as well. It has a 2.5-inch diagonal LCD display. It sports an internal lithium-ion battery that the manufacturer says is good for up to 15 hours of continuous play without needing a recharge. What’s more, the battery is user-replaceable.
At 3.94 x 2.56 x .71 inches, the DMC 8270 is a bit shorter than Apple Computer Inc.’s higher-capacity iPod photo models, but the DMC 8270 is fatter and wider and, at 6.7 ounces, a bit heftier too. The DMC 8270 is US$50 less costly than a 20GB iPod, though, priced at $249. Perhaps the biggest difference, at least for patrons of the iTunes Music Store, is that the DMC 8270 can’t play the Digital Rights Management (DRM)-protected songs sold through that service.