IO Data Device preps $180 digital music player

Due to ship in November

I-O Data Device today took the wraps off its HyperHyde micro digital music player and dictaphone. HyperHydeThe tiny 5.4cm x 4.6cm x 1.7cm gadget is set to ship in Japan in November for Y19,800 ($178), according to reports from the Japanese Nikkei newswire. HyperHyde will play both MP3 and .WAV files, storing them on plug-in Flash memory. The base until will ship with a 32MB memory card, enough, the company claimed, for 32 minutes of music or two hours' voice recordings. The device has two memory card slots and is powered by a single AAA battery, capable of delivering up to seven hours' continuous playback. Copyright protection is built-in -- the HyperHyde is compatible with the Secure Digital Music Initiative's Phase I spec. ®

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