by CIO Staff

Samsung to Launch Cordless MP3 Player

Sep 01, 20061 min
MobileSmall and Medium Business

Samsung Electronics is launching one of the world’s first MP3 portable music players using Bluetooth technology to replace cables.

“As far as we know, we’re the first to offer a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player,” a Samsung spokesman said Friday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The phone’s release date was not provided.

Embedded Bluetooth technology will allow users to connect their headphones to their MP3 players over the airwaves, thus eliminating the need for cabled earplugs, which users find annoying.

The YP-T9 will cost 249 euros (US$320) in the 2GB version and 279 euros in the 4GB version.

Bluetooth headsets will cost between 20 and 30 euros.

The new Samsung cordless MP3 music player, however, will not be available in Germany, according to the company spokesman. “The Bluetooth headset is a bit heavy,” he said. “A Bluetooth-enabled portable media player that costs 300 euros, but offers only 2GB could be a tough sale against an iPod with a whole lot more storage for the same price.”

-John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau)

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