Remember the Zune? If you’re under 18 then we’re willing to bet that you don’t. That being said, if you were old enough to think that portable music players were cool in the last decade, then you probably remember Microsoft’s big push against the iPod. It was — in many ways — a better device than anything that Apple had put out until then: it had more storage space, better onscreen graphics, “song squirting”, and a slick “brown” finish on certain models. That being said, the Zune died a slow death due to lack of marketshare adoption.
That same market has changed a whole lot since the end of the Zune — some would say it barely even exists — but the creators behind the Astell & Kern Kann Mp3 Player think It’s still worth pursuing. Their newest device costs about a grand. Before you dismiss it, though, check it outs specs:
- 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display
- 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via MicroSD and full-size SD cards
- WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, PCM, DSD
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, AptX HD support
- AKM AK4490 digital-to-analog converter
- 6,200mAh battery
- USB-C and MicroUSB ports
- 3.5mm and 2.5mm balanced headphone and line outputs
Impressive, right? If you’d like to order your own then make sure you click on the green “BUY” button at the bottom of this post.