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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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RE: Numbnuts
By jmunjr on 7/11/2006 6:20:47 AM , Rating: 2
oh and to elaborate I can seach for songs based on title, artist, genre, year, and more. It is so simple. Why can't someone else come up with this? I can find any song on my unit in under 6 seconds. How many of you can with 5000 songs on your ipod do that?

RE: Numbnuts
By lewisc on 7/11/2006 8:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
I don't find it especially challenging finding a particular song on my Zen Vision:M....ordered by title, album, artist, genre or album art (which, correct me if I'm wrong, your aging player certainly cannot display). And then, each list can be filtered additionally by selecting the first letter of whatever you need.

And as for iPods, it seems the that wheel allows quick scrolling, although I've not had too much experience with these players so I can't really comment. So, I really don't get your point about everyone being a 'numbnuts', and that maybe you should try and use a different player before you comment. What do you think the main lawsuit between Creative and Apple is about? Song metadata is used in the UI in order to do just what you're whining about.

Finally, you're comparing a car stereo to a portable MP3 player. I don't see the relevence. My laptop allows be to search under much broader criteria than your empeg does, therefore your player is flawed? Hmm.

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