A small consumer electronics company in NYC has launched another digital music device, called the MusicGremlin. The unfortunately named device is billed as a "Wi-Fi Music Player" and supposed to provide access to over 2 million songs from major label and indie artist. The $300 8GB MusicGremlin device offers anyone looking for a clunky, obscure alternative to the ubiquitous iPod , an option.
What makes this device unique? Wi-Fi access to an online store. So if your in your car, So if your at the airport, So if your outside jogging, So if your sitting at your desk and someone sends you an email with a great new song that you just have to hear you can pick-up MusicGremlin and for .99 cents you can order the song or listen to it free if you have the $15 dollar a month subscription.
Why anyone would think that Wi-Fi access to a music store is an added value for a CE device is beyond me. I get livid at the phone company when I have dropped calls walking around my office, how upsedi am I likely to be when my music stops playing because I jogged out of range. How does having access to 2 million tracks, that are only accessible from a limited number of locations for $15 a month give me new options or choices?
In an ideal world I would have universal access to all music for a fee or ubiquitous access to my store of music for free. MusicGremlins delivers neither option. Read the press release here or check the site here .