Olympus Imaging Australia will introduce two portable hard disk music players from its newly created m:robe brand in March.
These players mark Olympus's first foray into the digital music market. It will be chasing market leaders Apple with its iPod; Creative, with its Nomad Jukebox range, and Sony, which sells a variety of players under the Walkman label.
The MR-500i Motion Music player is a 20GB hard disk drive music player that includes a camera with a 3.7-inch touch screen monitor/viewfinder. Photographs can be taken at either 1280x960 or 640x480 pixel resolution.
The player will include a Remix Play feature which enables a fusion of photos, visual effects and music to be created and then played back through a television or computer. It will retail for $799.
The MR-100 HDD music player is a 5GB hard disk drive allowing up to 1200 tracks to be stored. It will cost $399.
Both players come packaged with m:trip music and image management PC software. The software can be used to convert CD music files to WMA format, create remix content for playback, and manage file transfers.
A spokesperson for Olympus said more m:robe products would be launched over the next two years.