View Full Version : Any guess as to the audio player on the TH55?
02-04-2004, 10:43 PM
Even though I don't use my current TG50 for a lot of MP3 use (I have a Nomad Jukebox Zen 20GB for MP3s), I was wondering if anyone might know what audio player the upcoming TH55 might use. I'm sure it's hard to tell because it hasn't even been released yet, but I'm hoping that it's Aero Player and the TH55 is using the new more open Palm OS5 Sound APIs so we can use other audio players. Any good words?
02-05-2004, 04:07 AM
TH55 might use the Audio Player as the NX Series uses.
02-05-2004, 07:34 PM
Anyone know for sure if the TH55 is using the standard Palm Sound? It would be nice to know that Sony was getting away from their own restricted Sound API. Of course their Handheld Engine creates even more compatibility problems, but thats another issue.
02-05-2004, 10:41 PM
Hey, I found the answer. On the news article posted on the ClieSource mainpage that had a link to a Hong Kong PDF file for the TH55 (http://www.clie-online.sony.net/prod_info/peg-th55/peg-th55.pdf) one can find the answer. It is indeed Audio Player. I just hope it still uses the Palm OS5 Sound API's, because I'd love to try Pocket Tunes and other music programs.
02-06-2004, 11:13 AM
> Anyone know for sure if the TH55 is using the standard Palm Sound? It would be nice to know that Sony was getting away from their own restricted Sound API.
The TH55 and I assume all future CLIEs will support the Palm OS streaming sound API.
A more interesting question is whether they support the CLIE proprietary sound features as found in the NX/NZ/UX models. This is what the CLIE Audio Player uses.
I infer the TH55 does, and the cheaper model TJ37 does not. The cheaper model uses AeroPlayer.
In this case being non-standard is good, giving you a more optimized playback (ie. 24.5 hours, compared to 7 hours using AeroPlayer)
For the UX and (I assume) TH55 series, you have the best of both worlds. The standard Palm API for app compatibility as well as the multi-media hardware optimized MP3 playback for longer playtimes.
02-06-2004, 12:11 PM
See, that would be awesome: Sony keep their stupid API closed, but support BOTH APIs!!!!! :D
That said I suspect the TH55 AudioPlayer is custom code: I bet any money it uses the DSP like it does in the T665 (No way can you play MP3 in background on a 123MHz CPU and still emulate a Dragonball 68k at decent speed!)
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