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Microsoft's Argo and the master plan behind the portable media player -- and possible gaming unit

Engadget has posted a picture of what looks to be Microsoft's much talked about iPod competitor. The site claims that they were sent the image from an insider working on the project -- if true, they'll likely be looking for a new job if J. Allard gets wind of this. According to a recent article from The Seattle Times, the internal codename for the new portable media player (PMP) is Argo; Microsoft's homage to Greek mythology.

While most people have been talking up the audio and video capabilities of the player, Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times points out that Argo could possibly double as a portable gaming unit similar in spirit to the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. The scarcity of front-side buttons plays against this idea, but anything is possible. Dudley also points out that Argo could serve as a showcase for Microsoft's XNA toolkit. From The Seattle Times:

Argo could help the December quarter and give executives something to discuss with analysts other than product delays, Bill Gates' departure and the high cost of doing battle with Google. I had thought Microsoft would put its holiday marketing effort behind Urge, a music service it developed with MTV and bundled into Windows Vista's new media-player software. It's helping device makers produce players that show off Urge and the software. Now, those efforts are in parallel with Argo.

Microsoft's Argo looks to be reasonably stylish, which is a key factor in taking on the Apple iPod. Although this is just a mockup and design details are likely not yet finalized, it looks to be a step in the right direction.

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By SnoMunke on 7/10/2006 9:22:43 PM , Rating: 1
MP3 player? Why don't they release a FLAC player...or a WMA Lossless Player...or hell, even a WAV player...

MP3 was great in the day when storage was limited. But in today's market with 60GB HDDs (such as the iPod), lossless format is the only way to go.

RE: MP3????
By iamright on 7/10/2006 9:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
What do I care about sound quality when I am getting big air pulling a 360 on my snowboard? I think the ipod nano is just fine, nice wide variety of cases and its small etc. Really, what percentage of the market is audiophiles?

RE: MP3????
By Josh7289 on 7/10/2006 9:27:33 PM , Rating: 2
Sir, youareright.

RE: MP3????
By SnoMunke on 7/11/2006 7:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
Put down the bong.

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