It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that MP3 players have reached the acme of their evolution. Those diverse models various manufacturers are supplying to market have long had similar parameters and characteristics, reducing the customer’s eternal problem of choice to giving his/her favor to a particular brand.
While this situation is good for the end user, it gives a strong headache to all the manufacturing companies involved as they are trying to invent new ways to make the user prefer their particular brand. An obvious solution is an expansion of the functionality of the produced models.
But how? Should they start to integrate digital cameras into MP3 players as it happened with cell phones or what? I think that Creative with its recently-announced super-compact MuVo TX FM player has overcome this difficulty. How? You’re going to see right now.
MuVo TX FM
36.7mm x 74.0mm x 16.0mm
32g (without the battery)
Flash memory capacity
128, 256 or 512MB
Battery life during continuous playback*
MP3 128kbit/sec: up to 5 h
Supported playback formats
MP3 (8 – 48kHz)
Supported recording formats
Voice: IMA ADPCM (8kHz, 4-bit, Mono)
20 – 20,000Hz
Harmonic distortions coefficient
Updates via Internet
1.8” stereo minijack
96x32 pixels, light-blue backlighting
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
* with the new alkaline battery
A MuVo TX FM player from Creative in its retail package
Even reading through this table attentively you will not get any clue about the new conception Creative has implemented in this product – the specified characteristics of the MuVo TX FM seem ordinary enough. So, the table says that the player has small dimensions and a chip of flash memory. It is powered by a single AAA battery, supports MP3 and WMA formats; it can receive FM radio stations and can update its firmware via the Internet. You’ll learn more about the player’s functionality in the next section.