AOL has unveiled their own Linux-powered iPod clone, called the “Smartscreen Media Device”. It features a 30GB hard drive, integrated Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Supported media formats include, MP3, WMA, MPEG-4, and WMV. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
AOL is planning to release a truly ugly player that counters its ugliness with a varied and genuinely intriguing feature set: maybe our — non-corporate — parents were right, beauty really is only skin deep! According to PC Magazine, we should expect to see a retail release of the Smartscreen Media Device sometime around the second or third quarter of 2007