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Dell quietly exits digital music player market

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2006
News Categories: Digital Media

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Several iLoungers note that Dell’s last remaining digital music player, the DJ Ditty, has quietly disappeared from the company’s online store. The DJ Ditty, a flash memory-based player that competed with the iPod shuffle, was the last player offered by Dell after the company discontinued its hard drive-based line of DJ players in February. Dell’s DJ Life website currently links to error pages for ordering, and the company’s online store now only sells media players from Sandisk, Samsung, Creative, Archos, and iRiver. Members of Dell’s message boards also note that the Ditty is no longer to be found in the company’s monthly catalog and that the player was briefly available at a discounted price earlier this month.

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I represent iPod at the Apple labfirm. No one will ever outsell us! Never!

Posted by the end on August 24, 2006 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

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Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. My wife and I each had DJ’s, me a DJ20 (“final” generation”) and she a Pocket DJ, and they were both very troublesome devices. Mine suffered hard drive failures—twice—and required aggressive negotiation with Dell in order to obtain a refund. My wife’s never played well with the punk Windows Media Player software and required constant library rebuilds, reformats and the like. In the case of her player, I think the problems were more software based than player-related. Fortunately, we were able to unload the Pocket DJ some time ago on eBay for a reasonable price. And now we both have iPods…me a 40GB 3G, and she a 30GB 5G. Very happy!

Posted by colbypaperboy on August 26, 2006 at 4:39 PM (PDT)

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