We just got a great overview here at mÃ¶bius 2003 about Microsoft's Media2Go, a new project Microsoft is working on and which was already announced.
"Media2Go" is the current code name for a software reference platform designed to build and power the next generation of smart personal media player devices that enable you to enjoy your video, music, and pictures on the go. Watch the latest sitcom as you commute. Entertain your kids with their favorite video in the back seat of the car. Share your favorite tunes with your friends at a party. Or take your entire collection of photos and home videos with you to show the grandparents on your next visit. "Media2Go" gives you the personal freedom and convenience to easily enjoy your best video, music, and pictures on the go.
Based on today's specifications and experiences you can expect:
- 6 hours of battery life for the Media2Go player which is equal to 120 songs or four 90 minute videos.
- The 20 GB Hard disk acts because of the special compression like a 40 GB HDD.
- Just by default, the USB cable works as Sync & Charge - something I also want to see as standard for Pocket PC and Smartphone devices.
- Connect and Play
- Color Display
- Multiple Media Formats supported (hopefully also MP3)
- Video Playback MPEG4 and WMV
- Sync & Charge USB
- Bluetooth support
- Video and Audio out to TV and Hi-Fi
Based on the early prototype we saw, today the device is to heavy for sure (the Media2Go player above looked like a tuned iPAQ with PC-Card jacket ;-) ) but anyway, the consumer price will be much lower then an iPAQ and something around today's cheapest available Pocket PCs.
Also the user interface and the whole synchronization stuff should be much easier then with Pocket PCs as it is designed for media only. What I really like is how it handles your available media files:
Also interesting is the fact that the Media2Go players has output jacks for Video and Audio, this means you can use it even in your car as a MP3 Player and at home or in the hotel as your video player on the available TV. This is for sure a great benefit and maybe the most interesting scenario for me.
Cheers ~ Arne
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