The most ingenious MP3 player we've seen in a long while is the Dual Play Multi Format Digital Audio Player - an MP3 player that can be played in the tape deck of your car. With the same footprint as an audio cassette, the Dual Play has 64Mb of expandable on-board Flash Memory and most importantly, the unit can be used as a stand-alone with headphones. Fast forward, rewind and other functions can be operated through the tape deck interface and an on-board microphone enables 130 minutes of voice recording. The USB interface delivers a download speed of 2.5 Mb/s though battery life is limited at just six hours. The Dual Play 64Mb costs AUS$349 - the 128Mb version costs AUS$399 and 256Mb version costs AUS$579. See Rome.com.au.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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