Microsoft Corp announced during the Windows XP Experience More event the launch of its Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, first to be introduced with the Windows Mobile Smartphone based Audiovox SMT5600 and the new Dell Axim X50 line of Windows Mobile Pocket PC.
The new Windows Media Player 10 lets users automatically sync media content easily with a Windows XP PC, transfer album art or playlists, and take advantage of new digital music scenarios powered by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10. These scenarios include the transfer of purchased music from services such as cinemanow.com, MSN Music, Musicmatch, MusicNow and Wal-Mart Music Downloads, along with the ability to transfer subscription content from services such as Napster.
The SMT5600 is the first mobile phone which will include the new Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, which follows the previously announced Desktop version and is certified under the PlaysForSure logo program, establishing that it is compatible with the widest variety of online services. Users connected to the AT&T Wireless network can access the AT&T Wireless mMode Music Store, where users can find, browse, listen to and purchase digital music tracks from a library of approximately 750,000 songs — all right from the handset.
This new software is available only for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Dell has announced the Windows Media Player 10 will be made available as a free update to its Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC. HP will be offering an upgrade to Windows Media Player 10 Mobile for the HP iPAQ RX3000 Series Mobile Media Companions in select languages. Starting in mid-November, devices can, with this upgrade, become PlaysForSure- compatible with music services Other manufacturers are yet to announce availabiliyty of upgrades.