Neuros Audio Computer Rethinks MP3

Review: With its modular design, unique feature set and Linux support, Neuros stands apart in a crowded field. Lots of good ideas here, too bad the implementation is so flawed.

The MP3 player market is swamped to the gunnels with me-too products, and its gotten pretty tough for new arrivals to distinguish themselves. Some have gotten smaller (iPod), some have added capacity, such as Creatives Nomad Zen 60GB. Others have added video, the key example being the Archos AV320. With so many available products, you might think theres little room for innovation, but youd be wrong.

A new company on the scene, Neuros Audio, took a long hard look at this market space and is now shipping what the company has dubbed an audio computer. It features an FM tuner and transmitter (transceiver), support for the open source encoder Ogg Vorbis, and a Linux music management app. It can not only record FM radio, but can sample and save music playing on an FM station and find similar material via the Web when the player is connected to your PC.

The FM transmitter is designed to make it easy to use the Neuros in your car. Simply tune your radio to the frequency the Neuros is transmitting on, and listen to your digital music collection while driving.

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