updated 10:25 am EST, Mon February 6, 2006
iPod claims another victim
Dell stopped selling its more expensive digital music players last month after the device failed to compete with Apple's iPod. While the hard-drive-based Digital Jukebox players are no longer for sale, the company will continue to offer its flash-based DJ Ditty--which competes directly with Apple's own iPod shuffle. "We saw an opportunity to streamline and consolidate our portfolio," said Dell spokesman Liem Nguyen. "We made a decision to transition from the hard-drive products to flash players at the beginning of this year." Dell will continue selling music players from other device makers through its Web site, according to Nguyen. Dell discontinued its three larger Digital Jukebox devices which were cost up to $300 in late December and early January, according to Bloomberg News.