As I sit here
pouring over the contents of Samsung's newest MP3 player, the 1GB Yepp YP-MT6Z, I
have to wonder if the world really needs another MP3 player? The Yepp
YP-MT6Z boasts a huge amount of flash memory and its glossy white finish is indeed classy,
but competing against the Apple iPod and Suffle is a difficult situation to pull off, even for a company as
large as Samsung. On the bright side, the fierce competition in the MP3
player market has brought forth lower prices and long lists of juicy features...
The Yepp YP-MT6Z's retails for around $230CDN ($180USD), a
remarkably affordable price compared to just a year or two ago, given its 1GB of
internal flash memory. Furthermore, in a rare move of consumer friendly design,
the Yepp YP-MT6Z is powered by a single AA battery that will last for upwards of
42 hours (straight playback).
Long battery life and inexpensive AA batteries
are probably one of the greatest attributes of this MP3 player; heck a
AA battery is even included!
About the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum, the Samsung Yepp
YP-MT6Z incorporates a digital
FM Tuner with 20 pre-sets, inline MP3 encoding, a voice recorder and eight EQ pre-sets. It
plays MP3, WMA, ASF, Secure WMA and Ogg Vorbis music files. Supported MP3 bit
rates are 8 kbps - 320 kbps, and 48 kbps - 192
kbps for WMA files.
|| Samsung YP-MT6Z MP3 Player
Printed manual, driver
CD, headphones, USB cable, direct-connect USB adaptor,
mini-headphone line cable, neck strap, carry case, warranty
card, and AA battery to get you started.
LCD Screen: 4-line, backlit
MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG Vorbis
The YP-MT6Z's 4-line LCD screen (23x12mm)
is backlit with a white LED, and displays the full ID3 tag information
during playback so song information is always at hand. An intuitive joystick makes scanning through playlists
remarkably easy, and is backlit by a blue LED for effect. Acoustic treatments like
SRS WOW help ensure good 3D sound through the ear bud headphones that
come with the player.
Best of all, the
Yepp YP-MT6Z connects to the PC via a standard USB2.0 port, showing up as
removeable hard drive in Windows so users can simply drag-and-drop music files
onto it. It will also act as a USB hard drive in a pinch, although the internal
firmware (upgradeable) initially takes up about 8MB of space for itself.
The 1GB of internal memory is fixed, and not upgradeable.
the YP-MT6Z MP3 player comes a driver CD, stereo
headphones, USB cable, clear plastic case, direct-connect USB adaptor, mini-headphone line
cable (for MP3 encoding off another source), instructions, neck
strap, warranty card and an AA battery. Most of this included gear is
self explanatory, but a few accessories are worth focusing on.
The 'direct connect USB adaptor' looks
like a USB plug with a tiny metal connector on the other end. The adaptor plugs
into the base of the YP-MT6Z, quickly allowing it to plug into a full-size USB2.0 port. While
the YP-MT6Z is connected via the USB port, it is powered entirely by the
USB connection too.
software is required to move files onto or off of the device. In testing on a
WindowsXP test system, the YP-MT6Z quickly configured itself and showed up in
Windows Explorer as any USB removeable disk might. Transferring music files to
the YP-MT6Z is as straightforward as copying
them from one drive to another.
The player ships with a copy of 'Samsung Music Studio,'
which can be used to create Album Lists, or rip
CD's to MP3/WMA. Additionally, the YP-MT6Z can encode FM Radio to MP3
files on the fly.
This is done by pressing the record button which will start
the 'FM ENC' process at up to 128kbps, 44kHz when listening to the radio.
This is a cool feature
that will come in handy, but if the battery is not powerful enough the
encoding will stop automatically.
The MP3 encoding feature also
works if the YP-MT6Z is connected to an adjacent device like someone else's CD
player, or iPod, with the supplied mini-headphone cable.
with a USB2.0
connection, the Samsung YP-MT6Z takes about 5.5 minutes to download a full ~1GB worth of music, and approximately
8 minutes to totally fill up its onboard memory with fresh tracks.