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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Samsung's Galaxy Player: an Android iPod touch?

By Rob Pegoraro

LAS VEGAS--If you've wondered why there's no Android equivalent of Apple's iPod touch, combining the smarts of a smartphone without its phone bill and lengthy contract commitment, you've got company.


Samsung moved to fill that gap by adding two WiFi-enabled Galaxy Players to its lineup of music players. (You didn't know Samsung made those things? You're forgiven.) Each one follows the iPod touch playbook fairly closely; the larger model looks almost indistinguishable from one of the Korean firm's Galaxy S Android phones.

That model, called just the "Galaxy Player," includes a 4-in. color screen, 8 or 16 gigabytes of internal memory (expandable with a microSD Card), and cameras on the front and back. It also includes some features absent from the iPod touch: GPS and speakers on the back. The smaller Galaxy Player 50, the smaller white model in the photo above, shrinks the screen to 3.2 inches and drops the front-facing camera.

Both run Android 2.2, already one version behind what ships on Samsung's Nexus S phone today. Neither has an announced price or ship date yet.

But the real mystery about these devices is something more fundamental: What sort of desktop software might come with them to sync music, photos and videos to them. That's not necessarily a big problem in Windows, where Microsoft's Windows Media Player doesn't care what kind of device you plug in. On a Mac, it's an enormous issue. Apple's iTunes won't sync to other companies' phones or media players. If Samsung thinks it can just leave the work of writing an iTunes plug-in or a separate sync tool to third-party developers, these two gadgets will remain something less than an Android iPod touch.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 7, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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Doubletwist ( is one possibility, although the app store not integrated.

Posted by: jfk31 | January 7, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Apple has become that which it once mocked -- a glorified hipster Microsoft. It has gone from crunchy rebel to dream crushing giant. Gone unnoticed in the past year was Apple's purchase and subsequent demolition of -- a great cloud music platform that Apple killed almost overnight in order to preserve the viability of its slow-moving dinosaur Itunes.

Countless other ideas and products have been suppressed or rejected from the App Store in order to preserve Apple's precious market share. Apple makes a wonderful product, but the company now spends billions making sure that no one else does. I'm a firm believer that the free market will provide enough competition, but right now, no one seems equipped to slay the dragon.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 8, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

There were plenty of MP3 players before the iPod, smart phones before the iPhone, and tablets before the iPad...

Apple innovates, others copy. Resale value is high for Apple products compared to others.

Posted by: kkrimmer | January 8, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: addjian06 | January 8, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

RIM is hardly cutting edge but it's Desktop Manager software for Mac allows its phones to sync with iTunes, including playlists and album art. If RIM can do it, I have little doubt that Samsung will be able to make it happen as well.

Posted by: WoodleyParker | January 9, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Android Trojan found grafted to gaming apps
The most sophisticated Trojan for Android smartphones yet. That's how security firm Lookout describes "Geinimi," a nasty piece of malicious software it has just discovered grafted on to downloads of some popular Android gaming apps. --

How to tell if an Android app is malware

Software released for attacking Android phones
Two security experts said on Friday they released a tool for attacking smart phones that use Google's Android operating system to persuade manufacturers to fix a bug that lets hackers read a victim's e-mail and text messages. "It wasn't difficult to build," said Nicholas Percoco, head of Spider Labs

4 years an no malware on iPhone... a closed system has it's advantages. (jailbroken iphones may be vulnerable to viruses, but why jailbreak your warranty and upgrade ability?)

Posted by: kkrimmer | January 9, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Kenbeatrizz has become what he once loathed: a glorified hipster critic, with no knowledge of what he speaks.

And kkrimmer: are you INSANE? Ars Technica first reported on iphone malware OVER A YEAR AGO! Google for 'iphone malware' and you will find over 6 million hits! Loser.

Posted by: frantaylor | January 9, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

FranTaylor is wrong. Apple has become what it once mocked. Watch the 1984 commercial and tell me that Steve Jobs hasn't become that face on the giant screen that gets the hammer thrown at it.

Yeah yeah we get it. Apple is just giving you what you want. And what you want is what Apple gives you.

Thank heavens for jailbreaking.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 9, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Hate to burst your bubble there Rob, but there are other mp3 players with touchscreens and WiFi. I have a Microsoft Zune HD. Bought it after my iPod crapped out and the "Genius Bar" at the Apple store couldn't fix it. Never owned another Apple product, never will. You can always find something equivalent or better for less that actually works with other devices and formats (unlike Apple).

Posted by: futbolclif | January 10, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You're out of touch for someone who's supposed to be an expert on tech devices. The Archos line of Android internet tablets is equivalent to the iPod Touch. They run Android 2.2 and range from 2.8" to 10.1" screens. Other makers are Viewsonic, Toshiba, Creative as well as many Chinese "off brands". Vizio has has announced one. Don't know why you're only pushing Samsung. The Archos is much easier to use as it bypasses an iTunes-like interface.

Posted by: jgllo | January 10, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Any way you slice it, sync is a big deal. For Windows users, it’s not just about WMP: it’s also about calendars, contacts, documents, etc. -- none of which WMP can handle. iPod touch users must shell out for a MobileMe account and have a Wi-Fi connection handy if they want to save their data somewhere besides on the device itself. No local desktop sync included.

Is iPod supposed to be capitalized if it’s the first word in a sentence? What does the Omnipotent Jobs have to say on the issue?

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | January 10, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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