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November 17th, 1999

[3:30 PM] MP3 Portable Player Goes Elite
by Staff

ADS Technologies has released a new portable MP3 player called the Elite MP3. The Elite MP3 is cross platform compatible and features 192 MB of expandable RAM. The device will also allow users to make their own voice recordings. According to ADS Technologies:

ADS Technologies, a Southern California-based manufacturer of multi-media products, announced the Elite MP3, a portable MP3 music player with 192MB of expandable memory, USB connectivity and file storage capabilities. The PC and Mac-compatible Elite MP3 features more than three hours of high-quality music playback.

Audio Playback And Voice Recording Features

ADS Technologies' Elite MP3 player features 192MB of expandable memory, 64MB on-board with a 128MB removable storage cartridge allowing users to store and play back more than three hours of high-quality digital music. The USB connection enables users to upload MP3 files from their PC faster than through a parallel port. The electrically-charged external bus also enables users to recharge the Elite's MP3 player's batteries while plugged into the USB port.

The Elite MP3 player features a user-friendly interface, easy-to use buttons that control features such as volume, equalizer and playback functions. High-fidelity earphones will also be included.

The built-in microphone allows users to record up to 32 hours of ADPCM-quality spoken audio content for voice recordings and memos.

Portable Storage Functions

With the 192MB memory and USB connectivity, the files can be easily and quickly uploaded from the PC to the Elite MP3, then downloaded via USB to another PC. The Elite MP3 is the first MP3 audio device of its kind with data upload and download storage capabilities built into its main interface.

System Requirements

Includes: Elite MP3 Player, USB cable, instruction manual, software and drivers

Requires: IBM-compatible PC or Mac with available USB port. Windows requirements: Windows 98 or 2000. Mac requirements : Any USB equipped PowerMac or iMac with available USB port and Mac OS 8.6 or above.

The company has not yet announced pricing or a shipping date. We did confirm with the company that any USB equipped Power Mac would work, though their press release originally quoted only an iMac. The company also told The Mac Observer that the Elite MP3 does indeed require Mac OS 8.6 and above and will not work with Mac OS 8.5 or Mac OS 8.5.1.

The Mac Observer Spin: Another cool MP3 product coming to the Mac. It's great to see companies paying attention to the Mac market, and this product in particular looks fairly sexy. The portable MP3 market is gaining critical mass at a rapid pace. Unlike the initial MP3 storm itself, the Mac is right in the think of things with the portable players.

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