Philips is working on competitor iPod

Philips has developed an MP3 player with a 15 GB hard drive, a device that is very similar to Apple's iPod, but as an important extra it is possible to record conversations. When this competitor for the iPod in the Netherlands on the market, is not yet clear. On the site of Philips is a call to read "beta testers", people who want to use the device on trial and report on their findings

Philips has developed an MP3 player with a 15 GB hard drive, a device that is very similar to Apple's iPod, but as an important extra it is possible to record conversations. When this competitor for the iPod in the Netherlands on the market, is not yet clear.

On the site of Philips is a call to read "beta testers", people who want to use the device on trial and report on their findings. The page also contains product data from the Philips HDD100 Recording Audio Juke Box.

The player weighs 167 grams and knows like the iPod a trendy design, but in black. According to Philips, the 15 GB hard disk is good for storing three thousand tracks. The Apple iPod is available in three variants, one of which offers more storage space (20Gb). The music player can store music in both MP3 and WMA format, exchanging files between a computer and the player with USB 2.0.

The big difference between the Philips player and the iPod is that the Philips device can record calls and live music via a microphone. The first version of the iPod lacked this option, but Apple also omitted this option in later versions. MP3 players from other manufacturers offer this possibility, but often have less memory, or are larger in size than the Philips player.

When the HDD100 Recording Audio Juke Box comes on the market, and how much the device will cost, is not clear yet. A spokesperson for Philips Netherlands could not clarify this yesterday.