Samsung's Nine New MP3 Portables

By Richard Menta 3/17/05

In its quest to pull market share away from the ubiquitous iPod, Samsung has launched 9 new digital music players including one video PMP unit. With player sales to increase four-fold over the next few years, major electronics manufacturers like Sony and Samsung are investing heavily in this area as it promises high growth.

Samsung has declared that their goal is to triple their MP3 player sales this year alone and to unseat Apple as the number one player by 2007. The latter will be the harder part, though Samsung certainly has the resources to mount a credible effort. The company plans to sell at least 5 million units this year, up from from 1.7 million last year.

The Samsung Yepp YH-999 20 GB Portable Media Center is available on Amazon

The Samsung Yepp YH-999 is the company's new Personal Media Player (PMP). The unit offers a 20GB drive and records TV programming as well as plays back video. Audio-wise, the unit plays the MP3, WMA, and SECURE WMA formats. JPEG photos can be viewed as well. The units dimensions are 97.0 x 20.5 x 107.0 mm and the unit weighs in at a reasonable 7.4 ounces or two ounces more than the standard iPod.

Samsung Yepp YH-925 and YH-820

An iPod Photo competitor, the Samsung Yepp YH-925 is their new top of the line audio player. It offers a color screen and 20GB of capacity. The unit is Janus upgradable, I guess meaning that a firmware upgrade is on the way that will allow the unit to play music files purchased from paid download services like Napster. The unit also plays Ogg Vorbis files as well as MP3, WMA, and Secure WMA. The YH-925 also displays photos in the JPEG format and has voice recording.

Samsung calls the unit super-slim reflecting a depth that is only 0.65 inches. The full dimensions of the unit are 2.4 x 0.65 x 4.2 inches. The unit weighs in at only 4.2 ounces, lighter than both the iPod and iPod Photo. The YH-820 is the same player, but with only 5GB of capacity.

The YP-T7Z and the YP-T7X represent Samsung's new color screen flash units offering 1GB and 512MB of memory respectively. Like the YH-925 above, these units disply JPEG photo files and are flash-based competition to the iPod photo. Both players have an FM tuner as well as FM recording that can be set to record broadcasts via a built-in timer. The players also offer voice recording capabilities. The units also play Ogg Vorbis as well as the other formats mentioned above.

The dimensions of the 1.3oz player are 37.3 x 14.7 x 62.5 mm (sorry, I'll try to convert these to ounces later).

Samsung Yepp YP-T7Z and YP-T7X

Samsung Yepp

The next four players are all housed in the same case, but offer different options as model numbers. The Samsung YP-T6Z and YP-T6X are 1GB and 512MB units that offer voice recording and an FM Tuner. The YP-T6Z and the YP-T6X are the same excet without the tuner and record abilities.

All the players support the Ogg Vorbis codec again as well as the MP3, Secure WMA, ASF, and WMA formats. All four run on a single AAA battery as opposed thr the above units that utilize Li-Polymer rechargeables. Dimensions of the players are 22 x 23 x 55 mm and all weigh in at slightly less than one ounce.




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