new Mix Max is a Mac and PC-compatible flash-based personal media player for kids that plays both movies and music. The device is expected to go on sale in October for $99.99. What’s more, Disney has expanded its Mix Stick music player with a new model that features 512MB of on-board memory.
The Mix Max features a 2.2-inch color LCD display and 512MB of on-bard memory. It can also support SD media cards up to 2GB.
Mix Max can play back full-length movies and TV shows that will be available from Buena Vista Home Entertainment this holiday season for $19.99 each. What’s more, the device comes with Windows software that enables it to transfer and play back video and audio that are encoded using Windows Media DRM 10.
Although that’s not exactly useful for Mac users, the Mix Max can play WMV video, MP3 and WMA audio and display JPEG images, and comes with its own built-in, rechargeable battery that lasts for up to two hours of video playback. Included is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and USB 2.0 port.
Disney Max Video Clips will include High School Musical, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Cheetah Girls, Lizzie McGuire, Cadet Kelly and Ella Enchanted. More Max Clip titles will be released in 2007.
Like the Max Mix, the Mix Stick is a flash-based player, specifically focused on audio files. It also features an SD/MMC card slot to expand the memory from 512MB. In addition to enhanced memory, improvements to the Mix Stick player include a new “MixIt!” feature that lets users build personalized playlists on the device. New designs have been created including White Tink, Princess Flowers, ‘Tween Bling, Blue Chrome, High School Musical, Pirates of the Caribbean and A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Disney is also introducing a smaller Mix Stick player called the Mix Micro. It costs $19.99 and measures 2.5 x 1.5 inches. It features an SD/MMC card slot, WMA/MP3 audio file support and runs on one AAA battery. Earbuds and a lanyard are included.
The Mix Stick players can either use music you’ve ripped or downloaded from your computer, and Disney also sells Mix Clip titles that include pre-recorded music like Disney’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Remix Mania, Raven 2, Girlz Rock and more.