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RIO player with upgraded memory will hold 16 CD quality songs. You can add or delete songs in seconds. It doesn't take 10 min to encode a MP3, try a minute or two. Battery lasts 12 hours. Okay, how long will 1 AA battery last running a portable CD player? The RIO is 1/3rd the size of a portable CD player. No moving parts.
Downloading a MP3 file (legal one) say 3.5 MB takes about 40 seconds on a cable modem connection.
Japan seems to have all the new toys and gadgets well before we ever see them on the shelves.
Look at HDTV for example.
The format is the key, there has to be one standard format that the recording ind accepts. I highly doubt it will be MP3, so which one? Don't know, maybe it's still on the drawing board or in someones mind, but there will be one soon.
MP4? happen to know anything about it. planet-raven.demon.nl mp3.com In a local seattle computer rag they mention mp4 as the one that will be used by major music companies. I am away from home, when i get back will transcribe some of the article. It may or may not be the same as the one you posted earlier Message 8195214
From Lucent search in companysleuth companysleuth.com one of the domains is EPACMUSIC.COM but is not active yet. maybe things to come?