Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:02

Dell preparing new MP3 player

Written by David Stellmack

Image

New offering to take aim at iPod again

According to word on the street, Dell is going to take a second crack at the MP3 player market space, which has been dominated by Apple with the iPod product line.

At first, we could not believe that Dell would take another shot at this market space, as they had previously tried to break into this niche with their Dell DJ offering in 2003. It was later kicked to the curb in 2006 primarily because Dell’s offerings could not compete with the momentum of the iPod. (In a strange twist of irony, Dell even sold the iPod for a brief period of time.)

So, according to reports Dell has been working on their new offering for some time and they could be ready to launch it as soon as September in time for the back to school selling season. Journalists will get a sneak preview from Dell of what is being described as a new family of devices on August 12th.

We really don’t know much about these new MP3 players, but it is safe to assume that it will be about or near the $100 price point and feature WiFi abilities, as well connection to a Dell branded music service. Speculation is that the player was developed in-house with technology acquired from the Zing Systems acquisition back in 2007.

Our take on this is likely to mirror most others... Dell is going to find it difficult to break the stranglehold that Apple has in this arena with the iPod. Companies such as Microsoft with the Zune, Creative with the Zen, and Sandisk with the Sansa have tried and have had very limited success. It is going to take a device that offers something that is far different from what Apple can offer to break into this space, and it is going to cost Dell a lot of money to be competitive, as well.

Last modified on Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:28
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments