The Palm Music Connection Is Online

A few weeks ago, Palm announced that it had licenced both Liquid Audio's Secure Portable Player Platform (SP3) and the Liquid Store. A Palm branded version of the Liquid Store is now available, called the Palm Music Connection. This new song download Web page gives users immediate access to thousands of secure digital downloads from a wide variety of artists and genres.

Liquid Audio's SP3 lets third-party hardware developers build digital music devices that will work with the full line of Palm handhelds. Shinei's Porteson MP3 player for the Palm m100 series is the first device to take advantage of Palm's SP3 integration with Liquid Audio. It is not yet known what other digital music peripherals are under development that will also use SP3.

Thanks to Rob for the tip. -Ed

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Palm "never" does anything in consumer space

kevdo @ 8/24/2001 3:28:37 PM #
This move seems a bit odd to me, given that other than the MP3 enabled m100 they don't produce any hardware capable of taking advantage of this.

OTOH -- maybe this will quiet the critics who say that Palm "never" does anything for the consumer market (ala Sony).

With the aquisition of Be technology, and this one, it sure seems apparent that Palm is aware they need to enable multimedia content into the platform -- and soon!

I'm looking forward to the day when a Palm handheld has special chips for quality audio output. It will help with audio-based applications of course, but it will also help with games, video clips, as well as really cool alarm sounds!

I just hope we don't have to wait to 2003...


I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 6:40:52 PM #
Great... Liquid[****]Audio a completely proprietary, closed format.

We want MP3.

So, Palm can count me out. I will not be buying any product emasculated by Liquid[****]Audio.


Secure Music?????

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 7:37:09 PM #
Why would anyone pay EXTRA $$$ for music that they can only play on 1 PC and possibly a device for the m100?? If I pay over full price for music I would want some extra features, not a LOT less features than buying a CD!!! Not too mention all the music currently available from KaZaA, BearShare, Music City, and a dozen other places.

I don't mind paying for music, but I want my fair use!! The ability to play my music where I want whenever I want. Why is Palm bending over for the record labels and not their customers!

descriptive subject

drw @ 8/24/2001 7:46:19 PM #
I don't care about music. Would be nice to be able to record meetings and have those conversations transcribed into text documents automagically.

David in Pflugerville, TX
RE: but of course
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 11:05:10 PM #

I have one of those already! But I live in a gumdrop house, on lollypop lane!


Music format

Cheetah @ 8/24/2001 9:38:29 PM #
If I understand this correctly, Palm went with a proprietary music format. While it has the advantage of being secure from a music label point of view, it lacks the widespread industry standard of MP3 which CONSUMERS want.

It's been proven over and over again that proprietary formats fail.

However, I couldn't care less what Palm does with music since I don't listen to music on my Palm OR MY iPAQ.

Now, with that said, I hope I miss understand what Liquid audio is all about.

RE: Music format
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 1:55:01 AM #
Liquid audio is NOT a music format. They support MP3 and all the other formats out there as well....

RE: Music format
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 7:39:39 AM #
Liquid audio appears to be what they call a Digital Rigths Management system. It is not a music format, but more of a file format. The music is encrypted so only programs or devices that understand the Liquid Audio 'rights???' and encryption can play back the music. So the music you buy from them will only play on the PC using their software, and would only play on a device with their software. You wouldn't be able to put the files on Napster or equivalents...

RE: Comment retraction
Cheetah @ 8/25/2001 11:16:25 PM #
Thanks for the clarification, although I'm still not very clear on how this works.

I guess the main question is can you download MP3 songs, or transfer songs from a CD to your Palm using Liquid Crystal technology? If so, then that would be fine.

Anyway, the only thing clear about this, is that I don't understand it! (therefore I retract my negative statements until I understand the technology)

RE: Music format
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 11:41:02 PM #
Yes, you can download mp3s or rip CD's and transfer them to the mp3 player using Liquid Audio. They just get encrypted when you do this so the file will only play on that particular mp3 player.

Does anybody care?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 12:10:41 AM #
Liquid audio? what's that? Secure music? mmm...

Whatever :(

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/25/2001 12:34:32 AM #
Where in the hell can I find this mp3 player in the first place for my m100? It's like putting the wagon before the horse. Who is going to use this service? I don't think there are many people with both these devices. I would love to play music, but I think it will be a long while before we see a Palm that gives us acceptable mp3/music playing formats like the PocketPc's. We Palm users just need to carry another device... a mp3 player!

or a CLIE
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/26/2001 3:31:55 AM #


Why bother?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2001 9:41:22 AM #
Why bother with this at? The porteson only has 32mbs of memmory on board. Your average mp3 is 4-5mbs so that gives you a whopping 7 or 8 songs. Hardly worth it considering that to change the songs you have to run software, synch the device yadda, yadda, yadda...

Sure it has an expansion slot but expansions cards are expspensive (~$50 for 64mbs so what you're really saying is it'll cost about $5 a song to add them to your player). Why bother.

I purchased a Phillips cd walkman in January that will play regular cdda CDs, as well as CDRWs full of MP3, which means, depending on file size I get about 130 songs on a disk. I crunched my entire cd collection into 4 disks and now it goes with me where ever I go. And when I get there I can pop out the disk and play it on the desktop computer; or when chillin in the house play it on my new mp3 enable DVD player.

Full price, including blank CDRWs was slightly under $200. Now to have the same volume of music available with the porteson, my m100 and expansion cards would be $2,281.



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