updated 03:45 pm EST, Wed December 27, 2006
Brando MP3 player ships
Brando is shipping a portable USB 2.0 card reader that also doubles as an MP3 player, which will compete with Apple's iPod in the digital music player sector. Users plug an SD or MMC card into the slot to load files and hit play to hear the music. The device includes a pair of 16mW headphones, but only offers play/pause and volume controls. Brando's portable USB 2.0 card reader and MP3 player boasts up to 10 hours of playback on a single AAA battery, and offers compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98SE or later as well as Mac OS X 8.6 or later. The device ships for $15 in blue or black.