THE LADS AND LASSES at nikkei.net have an interesting wee story about a breed of music players that offer far better quality than your average IC based gizmo.
The article said Sanyo and other manufacturers are rapidly moving into producing linear pulse code modulation (PCM) players. They apparently have the advantage that the technology does not compress data, with sampling frequencies of between 48 to 96KHz/sec and sampling bit rates are 16-24 bits.
They also are affordable, with prices under ¥50,000. There’s more here (subscription required). ♣