CeBIT: Japanese giants race for MP3 on DVD

Hitachi is working on a portable MP3 player that uses DVD technology to give more than 20 hours of playtime. The device is not on show at this year's CeBIT, but Michael Kawagishi, marketing manager with the electronics giant says there's a race on between Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony to get the devices out.

Hitachi is working on a portable MP3 player that uses DVD technology to give more than 20 hours of playtime. The device is not on show at this year's CeBIT, but Michael Kawagishi, marketing manager with the electronics giant says there's a race on between Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony to get the devices out. First units are expected by summer 2000.

Kawagishi was reluctant to discuss pricing but did mention a figure between $400 and $500 (around £250 - £300).

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