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March 28, 2007

CTIA: Tegic's music player

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 12:16 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tegic Communications, a Seattle-based division of AOL, has been quietly talking about a portable media that it expects to launch this summer.
It's made the rounds to all the conventions -- to CES, 3GSM and now CTIA.

The player uses the Linux operating system, but incorporates software built by Kirkland-based Wildseed, which AOL bought a couple of years ago.

Michael Wehrs, vice president of product management, showed it to me in February and updated me on the player's progress last week.

From what I understand, the device will be less restricted than most music players today. Its underlying software, called Smartscreens, allows users to stream or download music or videos to the device over a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. The device can also be connected to a computer by a cable, which is the standard today.


TRICIA DURYEE


The Tegic media player was on display at Haier's booth. Haier is manufacturing the product, due out this summer.

Tegic expects to launch the 30-gigabyte music player with hardware maker Haier by July, but has not yet disclosed the name or the price, or which music service it will use.

I snapped a quick photo of the player at the Haier booth yesterday, and thought it was worth sharing. Nothing fancy really, especially for all the stuff loaded inside -- even a full Web browser.

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