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Watch out Apple, because Dell is poised to unveil an MP3 player and music downloads service, according to company insiders.

The Wall Street Journal has it on good authority from a mole within Dell that the PC manufacturer has already designed and tested its own MP3 player. The gadget’s thought to feature a small iPod Nano-esque display and allow users to navigate through tracks with a scroll wheel that’s integrated into the player and positioned just below the display.

The mole’s also said that Dell intends to launch an “online download service” that sources tracks and video content from several unnamed sources. This could be done directly through the Dell MP3 player, because it’s also thought to feature Wi-Fi connectivity.

Dell canned an existing HDD line of MP3 players back in late 2005/early 2006, whilst continuing to sell its 512MB DJ Ditty Flash-based player. A spokesman claimed at the time that it had seen “an opportunity to streamline and consolidate” its portfolio, but Dell then canned Ditty later in 2006.

It’s thought Dell’s latest MP3 player will be launched within weeks and cost under $100 (£50/€65).

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