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Clix Times 2

Clix Times 2
by Gary Woods

I never thought it would happen, but people are carrying movies and TV shows around in their grubby little paws. First it was their computers, and then it was their phones and now on their MP3 devices. We've even gone so far that we're on the second generation of some of these gadgets. The one that has caught my interest is the iRiver MP3 player called the Clix 2nd Generation and retails for $150 for the 2 GB model, $200 for the 4 GB version and $250 for the 8 GB offering.

The Clix is a Flash RAM based media player which means it doesn't have a hard drive, but it does have up to 8 GB of RAM in a sleek 1.9 ounce package. It plays a wide variety of media formats including MP3s, OGG which is an open source codec that no one has to pay a license fee on, WMA (Windows Media Format), and the device is compatible with eMusic, Napster, Sony, Urge, and Yahoo Online services. It also supports WMV (Windows Media Video) or MPEG format for video playback.

The video images look great on the 2.2 inch, active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display. And as a little extra added bonus the Clix 2nd Generation can play and record FM radio as well as recording voice.

If you spend a lot of times on airplanes or sitting in waiting rooms this could be a great way to keep you entertained while you're on the go.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc