JVC, not an innovator we have come to expect, recently released a 6GB HD MP3 device that includes a docking station that works with an infrared remote for your home stereo. In all likelihood the thought process here was to provide a peripheral in the purchase and eliminate the 3rd party manufacture. Although this does make JVC’s XA-HD500 MP3 player more attractive, I don’t think JVC will be outselling, or setting pace for that matter, with Apple’s iPod any time soon.
One does have to wonder if it now is a good or bad time to be releasing a new MP3 player into the market with the recent release of the iPod Nano. On one hand you have market positioning (i.e. release something totally different that the Nano doesn’t offer) and on the other hand you are in the Nano’s shadow.
The device is apparently for the Japanese market only and costs $350.
- USB 2.0
- Monochrome Screen
- 30 Hour battery life
- Weighs 3.7 OZ