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Sony launches hands-free wireless music player

MP3 is the one for thee
Wed Mar 05 2003, 10:05
alt='sonydink' AT LAST. Concrete results from the combination of Sony's music expertise and Ericsson's wireless skills.

Sony Ericsson has just announced the HBM-30 which is described as a 'music hands-free'. In essence it is a combination of a Bluetooth hands-free headset for a mobile phone and an MP3 player.

Basically it's a little box you wear around your neck fitted with 64 Mb of memory storage. You wander around listening to MP3 or ATRAC3 sound files.

When your Bluetooth equipped mobile phone rings, the music automatically stops and you take the call - listening to the conversation through the headphones plugged into the HBM-30.

Once you've stopped talking the music starts up again. The good news is that this now works in America as well since the company has just released the T608 which they claim is the first CDMA handset to boast a Bluetooth capability.

The T68i has always worked in the USA too. Anyway, you transfer the files to the HBM by putting the Memory Stick Duo into a Sony computer or suitable PC adapter. The HBM even has a small screen which supports CLI so you can see who is calling you (and reject the call if it's the boss!). There's no price yet as this device won't ship until Q3-Q4 2003. It's dinky, though. µ


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