Sphere Multimedia has unveiled what it calls the world’s first universal portable device.
OmniPlayer Phase One is a handheld digital music player/recorder that records music from any source, including CDs, home or car stereos, cassette tapes and the Internet. The music is stored on tamper-proof MultiMediaCards using “flash” technology where it is retained indefinitely without any power requirement to the storage device.
Sphere says the OmniPlayer is the only digital music player/recorder that incorporates all of the proposed distribution, security, and compression formats recently agreed upon by SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative). Users eventually will have the option to add on the capabilities of several current and yet-to-come electronic devices such as digital music players and recorders, mobile phones, Global Positioning Systems, Web browsing and scheduling software, company officials said.
The OmniPlayer measures 4.4″ X 2.7″ X 1.2″ and with four MultiMediaCards inserted, weighs just 5.1 ounces. The standard version with 32 Mb of memory (up to 133 minutes of music) sells for $199 and is now available online at www.omniplayer.com, or by calling toll-free, 1-877-OMNIPLAYER.