Tech: Digital Music Players Get Smarter--And Cuter

Sony, which in late spring will be competing with Apple, Napster and MusicMatch on the Net with its Connect music store, just unveiled an updated version of its MiniDisc player that's better able to store tracks purchased online. The player, which can also record songs, uses new Hi-MD-format discs that boast a 1-GB storage capacity (enough to hold 45 hours of music), twice that of regular minidiscs. Players start at $199, and discs are $7 apiece. --W.R.

The iPod mini, introduced last week, is the size of a business card, comes in five brushed-metal colors, has 4 GB of song storage...

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