what do you think of the Microsoft Portable Media Center


Microsoft Portable Media Center (aka Media2Go) was announced at CES 2003, but this is from a current article in SeattlePI:

The Microsoft Portable Media Center with a 40-gigabyte hard drive is expected to hold up to 175 hours of video, 10,000 songs or 100,000 pictures, using Windows Media audio and video files.will store and play back video, music and photos.”

We apparently wanted to see them in stores for the recent holiday season but, as I didn’t see one in MY stocking, I can only assume they slipped. J

Is this the future of portable entertainment devices? If I think about how I use my Creative Nomad Zen, I don’t know if I would use a PMC in the same way. It’s a little big and a little heavy to carry around or to fit in my car. Sure – having a screen for displaying video and pictures is kinda cool, but will I use it often enough to justify the size and weight of the device? I rarely use my xda for video or pictures. Maybe that’s just me. [via Slashdot]


Comments (6)

  1. I started writing a reply to this post regarding the MPMC but I got a bit carried away and had to post it here instead…

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  2. I started writing a reply to this post regarding the MPMC but I got a bit carried away and had to post it here instead…

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  3. I think it’s awesome. For around the same price as an iPod, you get video too. Suck that, Apple! The only thing is, I wish that it could be used as a regular PocketPC too. That would be BEYOND cool. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Slap some WiFi/Bluetooth on it, and I’d take it with me everywhere.

  4. Robert – the dimensions/weight don’t bother you?

    How would you use wifi/bluetooth?

  5. Looks like another soon-to-be-cancelled product to me. I am a gadget freak and I don’t see the uses for it.

  6. Shannon – yeah that’s my concern. Although I’m not ruling it out just yet. I had the same initial response to integrated camera phones. It’s taken me a while (and I still don’t have one) but I am starting to think of applications that would justify one. The MPMC just doesn’t grab me by the throat and say "oh yeah baby!" yet though.