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Saturday, December 24, 2005
MP3 players and iPods 'left out' of insurance : Music lovers should be aware that most home insurance policies do not cover iPods and MP3 players, a specialist insurer has said. Hiscox says the collections carried on the music players are not insured either, meaning music fans with extensive collections could lose almost £800.

"Music fans stand to lose both their iPod or MP3 player and their music library if their player is stolen," said Kevin Kerridge, head of direct business at Hiscox.

"Unless their songs are backed up on a PC, the cost could be huge. For example an iPod Mini or Nano can store 1,000 songs which can cost 79p each to download. This means a full library could be worth up to £790," he added.

The inusurer says people should remember standard home contents insurance policies do not cover portabls electronic equipment like iPods and only have limited data reinstatement for home computers. The music players are set to be at the top of Christmas wishlists across the country and Apple is expected to sell more than 9.4 million of them in the three months leading up to Christmas. Online magazine Macworld says a quarter of its readers want iPods for Christmas.

Copyright 2005
posted by NaxeruL @ 3:07 PM   1 comments
Cell phone or mp3 players : If you're someone who carries your mp3 player everywhere you go, there are two new cell phones out that may be just the thing. These phones have full mp3 players in them, allowing to make calls and listen to music. Consumer Reports just tested the phones to see if they measure up to the hype.

In a TV commercial, a man is listening to music on an mp3 player. The twist? It's a cell phone, too! The $150 Motorola Rokr works with Cingular wireless service. Consumer Reports just tested it, along with the $500 Sony Ericsson, which works with Cingular and T-Mobile. Testers found both cell phone/mp3 players have pros and cons. With the Rokr, when you answer a call, it's harder to get back to your music.

"When I hang up the phone, the music doesn't start again automatically," said Consumer Reports' Chris Bucsko.

On the other hand, with the Sony Ericsson phone, when you end a call the music kicks right back in. When it comes to music storage, Consumer Reports says the Rokr comes up short.

"The Motorola Rokr is limited to a hundred songs only. Even if you upgrade the memory card, you can still only put 100 songs on it," Bucsko said.

With the Sony Ericsson, if you upgrade the memory card, you can easily put as many as 500 songs on it. But the Sony Ericsson won't play music downloaded from most online stores. The Rokr, on the other hand, works with Apple's popular iTunes. So which one is better? Consumer Reports says it depends. If you use Cingular, get the Rokr because you'll get much better cell coverage for your calls.

If you're a T-Mobile customer, the Sony Ericsson is easier to navigate and can store more music. Consumer Reports says more companies will be offering these new mp3 phones before long. So if you can hold off on getting one, there will be more phones to choose from and the prices should come down, too.

Copyright 2005 ABC Inc., WJRT-TV Inc.
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