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Samsung Unveils New Portable Media Players

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that consumers have more than two options, iPod and Zune, when it comes to portable media players, but Samsung continues to innovate. At CES 2010 Samsung is unveiling it latest pair, the IceTouch and the MyFit,  to the market.

Samsung IceTouch
Samsung IceTouch

The IceTouch appears to be the higher end model with a 2″ AMOLED transparent touchscreen. Yes, transparent. What this means is that when you are looking at the back of the device you can still see the screen, its just reversed. It’s an interesting feature, I’m just not sure how useful it actually is.

The 16GB IceTouch will handle just about any format you choose to throw at it though. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, , WAV and MP3HD for your audio needs, and MPEG4, WMV, H.264, Xvid and Divx for video. Although with a two inch screen you have to wonder how much video you’ll actually want to watch on this device. It also has a built in FM tuner, and Samsung’s DNSe 5.1 channel sound enhancement technology. Also, if you are familiar with the TouchWiz user interface found on many of Samsung’s smart phones you may feel right at home with the version of it used on this PMP named Sweep.

Samsung MyFit
Samsung MyFit

If you can frequently be found at the gym then the MyFit might be right up your alley. It is loaded with all sorts of “wellness-promoting” features that have yet to be detailed. Included in those are fat and stress sensors, and a tool to help you quit smoking. There is also a calorie burning tracker that uses the built-in accelerometer.

Both devices will be available in the first half of 2010.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.