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Conduits Technologies, Inc. Announces Pocket Player 2.5 for Pocket PC
Pictured: Pocket Player 2.5 interface, partitioned to highlight several new features.
TAMPA, Florida - February 10, 2004 - Conduits Technologies, Inc.,
announced today the release of Pocket Player 2.5, an alternative music
player for Pocket PC, supporting the latest media player standards and
formats. Pocket Player aims to satisfy the Pocket PC customers who
demand more from a media player. Pocket Player runs on all ARM-based
Pocket PC devices, such as the Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, and
Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC.
Pocket Player 2.5 improves upon earlier versions by increasing the
product's overall strength and usability while including 16 new and
updated feature implementations. All known bugs and defects in previous
versions of Pocket Player have been resolved. This includes streaming
and connection problems, input buffering issues, playback stuttering,
memory leaks, volume adjustment problems, and screen dimming issues.
By popular request, Pocket Player 2.5 now sports a Today screen plugin,
where the user can control playback, launch Pocket Player, or open
content. The plugin uses the Today theme colors and background. Pocket
Player now has Landscape skin support, as well as display mode switch
detection. Through the use of an orientation mode switcher, Pocket
Player will automatically switch skins based on the orientation of the
screen, either Portrait or Landscape. Support for VGA-enabled Pocket PC
screens is included, with a VGA-resolution skin available. Other skins
will automatically be scaled to fit the VGA screen, instead of filling
the top-left quarter of the screen.
Support for multiple media formats is one of the defining qualities of
Pocket Player. Playback of common audio formats such as MP3 and WMA are
supported, as are WAV files that the user has recorded with the built-in
Pocket PC Voice Recorder. Playback of Ogg Vorbis files is also
Now for Pocket Player 2.5, the equalizer for WMA and WAV playback has
been rewritten to replace the existing equalizer found in previous
versions of Pocket Player, greatly improving audio playback. Crossfading
support is also enhanced with a variable crossfading engine. The fade is
adjustable, and the playback output is much smoother between tracks.
Developers can now write decoder modules for other audio formats or
input methods. Support for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) plugins is
also included, and software development kits will be posted to the
Pocket Player website for perusal.
Pocket Player 2.5 boasts myriad playback features: the user can play
files that are stored locally on Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs,
in RAM or on a memory card. The wireless connectivity features of
Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs permit Pocket Player to stream
audio files over HTTP connections, and Internet radio stations are
supported. In addition, streaming audio files over the user's local
network is supported. Advanced audio features such as gapless playback,
or track crossfading are also part of Pocket Player's feature set. In
2.5, online stream support with Live365 and other providers is now fully
supported. Network browsing is now supported on the Add Folder screen.
By adding a network path to the folder tree, it is much easier to play
A ten-band audio equalizer and preamplifier control is supported for MP3
and Ogg Vorbis media formats. Support for bookmarked files, and track
positions are supported in Pocket Player, which are generally used by
listeners of audio books. In 2.5, the new Seek menu includes common jump
forward and backward time amounts, plus an Auto-Resume feature, which
can jump to the last location heard in the track. It's bookmarking made
easy! Helpful for DJ's using Pocket PC devices - the Manual Playlist
Advance option enables users to control how songs proceed from one track
to the next.
New for Pocket Player 2.5, additional Winamp 2 skins are supported with
enhanced WSZ skin support. Screen dimming support has been retooled for
different devices, which have different screen power properties.
Support for screen shut-off in the background is now fully supported on
Pocket PC 2003 devices. The Playlist picker now cascades multiple
playlists to reduce scrolling.
Pocket Player 2.5 is available as a free trial from
http://www.conduits.com/products/player/ where the user can download and
evaluate the product unabridged for 30 days. Pocket Player is available
for $19.95, from http://store.conduits.com/pocketplayer.html.
More information, including a complete list of skins and
features, can be found at the Conduits website at
Conduits develops commercial applications for Pocket PC, including
Pocket Slides (a fully-featured presentation solution for Pocket PC) and
Peacemaker (for infrared data transfer to other mobile device
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Pocket Player is a trademark of Conduits Technologies, Inc.. Microsoft®,
Windows® and/or Windows® Media® are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the
trademarks of their respective owners.
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Conduits Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (813) 907-2562