MusicGremlin

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MusicGremlin is a portable digital music player, as well as a subscription based online music service that can be accessed wirelessly directly from the device without the use of an intermediate computer. Both the player and the service are provided by a small New York based company, MusicGremlin Inc.. The company was bought in 2008 by SanDisk

Device specifications[edit]

The MusicGremlin, also known as the Gremlin mg-1000, measures 4 x 3.4 x .76 inches, and is currently only available in black. It has a 2-inch QQVGA LCD color screen. It features a standard five-way navigation pad, as well as dedicated volume control buttons. It has an 8GB hard drive, and a battery that lasts 10 hours of playtime.

A fairly unique feature to the Gremlin is its ability to share licensed music directly with other MusicGremlin players on the same Wi-Fi network, as well as access music directly from the MusicGremlin online service without the use of an intermediate computer. It can also transfer music directly from a personal computer, but only one running Microsoft Windows.

The music player can also play files uploaded from a computer in MP3 or WMA format, but these files cannot be shared with other users.

The retail price of the unit is currently $249.99 USD.

Service details[edit]

The MusicGremlin online service is offered in two forms:

  • Subscription service- For $14.99/month USD a MusicGremlin user can download and have access to all the music that they like, and freely share this music with other subscribers. As with previous subscription-based music services, these files expire when you cancel your subscription.
  • A la carte - Users can also purchase tracks individually for $.99 USD.
  • Gremlists - A unique value-add feature for all subscribers to MusicGremlin's unlimited downloads service. Available in a wide variety of genres and themes, Gremlists are preprogrammed playlists that are automatically, and wirelessly, downloaded to the user's device. Current titles include "Punk Rock Royalty", "Non-Stop 70s", and "Hot Brown's Love Lounge." Users can subscribe (for free) to as many Gremlists as they want, as well as stream them on MusicGremlin.com.

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