The new model features an integrated digital audio player (MP3 and ATRAC3
file formats) along with the handheld industry's highest quality LCD screen with 320 x 320 pixel resolution and 16-bit color (more than 65,000 colors) support.
Digital's multi-codec platform including ATRAC3
support can be incorporated into a variety of products including portable digital music players, home and automotive stereos, and functionally-enhanced wireless phones.
While supporting existing major audio compression formats, Sony has renewed its commitment to sound quality with support across the range for ATRAC3
and ATRAC3plus, high performance compression schemes based on sophisticated psychoacoustic principles and the basis of proven MiniDisc technology.
The unit can record from sources including mic in, line in and USB, and plays back MP3 and ATRAC3
The songs, which will be formatted for playback on the Microsoft Windows Media Player with an ATRAC3
plug-in, can then be transferred from the user's hard drive to compatible SDMI-compliant portable devices currently on the market.
The songs will be formatted for playback on the Microsoft Windows Media Player with an ATRAC3
plug-in, and can then be transferred from the user's hard drive to compatible SDMI-compliant portable devices currently on the market.
TC94A60MFG-301, capable of decoding MP3 and ATRAC3
In addition, Liquid Audio's open distribution services now support many leading formats including MP3, Dolby Digital, AAC, Sony's ATRAC3
and Windows Media, and integrates with leading music players including RealNetworks RealPlayer and RealJukebox and soon AOL's WinAmp.
Digital's flexible designs incorporate support for multiple music compression formats -- including ePAC, AAC, ATRAC3
, MP3, and others.
Consumer electronics manufacturers can tap into the potential portable device market by licensing such technologies as OpenMG, MagicGate Memory Stick and ATRAC3
is a CODEC developed from ATRAC, which is the sound compression technology used in MiniDisc.
Encoded in Sony's ATRAC3
format, singles will be available for 99 cents and entire albums can be downloaded for $9.