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Australian IT: Iomega HipZip digital music player

Dec 04, 2000, 15:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Rutter)

"Interestingly, one of the companies mentioned in the HipZip's about-the-player menu is Xiphophorus, the open-source outfit responsible for, among other things, the Ogg Vorbis audio codec. But the HipZip can't actually play Vorbis files."

"This could change. The HipZip runs the Dadio operating system from Interactive Objects. Dadio is based on Red Hat's eCos embedded-systems open source operating system, designed for small-memory devices that don't need the features (or the bulk) of Linux. Because the player's a little computer, not just a fixed-function bundle of non-writable chips, you can update its firmware to add features."

"If you want tons of music on the go, though, the HipZip is pretty much the only option -- MP3 CD players are bigger and clunkier, and they don't like being bounced around, and you can't just shuffle files on and off whenever you like."

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