USB mass storage breakthrough?By Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Apr 2003, 04:21:53 | Permalink | Printable
Stuart Tyrrell Developments dancin' the night awayIt would appear hardware company Stuart Tyrrell Developments have produced a suitable driver for a pocket USB based MP3 music player so that RISC OS users can transfer music to the device via a free USB socket and listen to their favourite tracks on the move. From the publicity photos, STD are using the Magic Star MP3 Player which contains 64MB of Flash memory to store files. Stored music can be later played back through headphones just like a portable CD player. How very cute.
The key thing to note is that the gadget can store any kind of file as STD have provided a full filing system for the device. This enables users to transfer files (and not just MP3 files) stored in the device between computers. Such a breakthrough implies STD have won the race, as it were, to bring USB based mass storage to RISC OS. Judging by the blurb on the central RISC OS USB site, it turns out Surftec (doing new secret stuff at the moment) were working on USB drivers for storage devices. Pipped at the post we think.
This more than mildly exciting point about mass storage was first spotted by iconbar.com who also highlighted the USB API rift within the RISC OS community.
The STD drivers for the pocket MP3 player are written for the Simtec USB solution which is no surprise as STD retail the Simtec USB podule to end users. The Simtec USB API (the interface used by programmers to talk to hardware) is different to the Castle USB API - thus STD's MP3 gadget will only work with RISC OS machines fitted with a Simtec USB podule leaving Iyonix users in the dark. Hey here's a thought, wouldn't it be nice if we all used the same API? In addition, Windows drivers are also supplied with the device.
STD courageously issued their press release on the 1st April which really threw us as no one announces real news on April Fools day, surely? Having confirmed the news with STD, Stuart himself commented to us, "It's a bit of fun - there's other devices on a similar vein in the pipework".
Now how's that for a tease?
USB MP3 player for RISC OS (prices, ordering info etc.)
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