Tao introduced a new 20GB MP3 player today that supports WiFi, and numerous other features, but will probably collect dust like many of its brethren. Why you ask? Well quite simply: it ain’t an iPod, plus it lacks the necessary follow through for true market adoptability.
The Tao wireless MP3 player is wireless (802.11b) enabled so it can find hotspots and download content from them. If a WAP or password is necessary you can enter (probably take you a while without a keyboard) it upon prompt and it will be saved for later use. You can apparently share content with your friends, or others that use the Tao MP3 player on an ‘ad hoc‘ basis. How the hell this works from a digital rights stand point, is another question.
The device has a 20GB hard drive, and in addition to downloading music you can also view or listen to magazines – not sure on this one as the site didn’t explain, but assuming both.
If you’re planning to use the device on a car trip it does sport an FM transmitter for relay to your stereo, and two headphone jacks.
Given the device orange monochrome screen and not easy to use WiFi feature, the only niche I see this device carving is its own grave.
RIP Tao Wireless MP3 player.
- USB 2.0 Cable
- Stereo Earphones
- Wall Charger
- Carry Case
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