Thursday, April 20, 2006

Apple Snubs Portal Player

April 20, 2006 8:35PM EST

Satellite Standard Group (SSG) has picked up on this little change that appears to be in the works from the folks at Apple.

It seems that Apple has chosen not to use Portal Player in some of their upcoming products.

Apple has enjoyed a distinct advantage in the recorded content world for quite some time. Sirius Satellite Radio and rival XM Satellite Radio are hoping to chip away into that market by marketing devices such as the S50 from Sirius.

Both Sirius and XM have new devices hitting shelves this year that will challenge that position further. Sirius' S50 was the first satellite radio receiver capable of capturing individual songs, and allowing MP3 type formats to be stored on the device. The S50 however is not a "live wearable" device. Sirius plans to release a "live wearable" device this summer. XM has a few devices that should be hitting shelves soon. The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix are "live wearable" devices capable of capturing individual songs. XM will also have a non-live unit called the Nexus hitting store shelves as well.

These new devices from Sirius and XM are capable of something I-Pods and traditional MP3 players can't really do. Capture content while you are listening to it. Sirius and XM may well have a hit on their hands with these types of devices, but don't look for Apple to bow down gracefully.

You can read about the Apple/Portal Player news here viaEngadget.

The link to this write up is http://tinyurl.com/pn7vc

4/20/2006 08:33:00 PM

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