Philips Electronics is launching a new range of GoGear hard disk drive-based jukeboxes, the HDD1630 and HDD6330. The new devices allow users to listen to their music as well as carry and share pictures.
The Philips GoGear jukeboxes are compatible with MP3 and WMA files. The HDD1630 features 6 GB of storage for up to 3,000 songs, 1,600 pictures and the HDD6330 features 30 GB to hold up to 15,000 songs or 8,400 pictures.
Both players feature backlit sensory touchpads and Philips' SuperScroll system. Listeners can just tap or drag their finger along the touch-sensitive strip to maneuver through their library of music and photos. Intuitive graphic icons, as well as album art, help illustrate menus and music tracks.
The navigation system also helps the user locate and view photos stored on the GoGear jukeboxes, enabling JPEG pictures to be shown on the backlit LCD colour screen. Pictures can be navigated in full screen mode or as an array of thumbnails, and can be viewed one at a time, or automatically in a slideshow accompanied by music.
In addition to stored music and playlists, users can listen favorite radio stations with an integrated FM tuner. The devices also incorporate voice recorder function.
Battery life on the HDD6330 is up to 15 hours of continual music playback, while the HDD1630 model will run for up to 18 hours before recharging. These latest GoGear jukeboxes also have a speed charge capability where one hour of charging delivers 70 percent capacity.
The new Philips GoGear HDD jukebox range will also support the PlaysForSure initiative from Microsoft. PlaysForSure ensures interoperability of devices and services. It enables consumers to match the logos of both their playback device and preferred service.
Both Philips GoGear HDD devices will be compatible with portable subscription offerings, allowing consumers full access to more than one million track catalogues from supporting online services. The devices use the Windows Media DRM10 (formerly known as Janus) for digital rights management.
Each GoGear player is supplied with a USB cable for data transfer via USB 2.0.
The GoGear HDD6330 and HDD1630 will be available in October 2005 and will have a suggested retail price of US$299 and US$199 respectively
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