The main advantage of a see-through MP3 player is that you'll be able to avoid falling down gaping manholes in the street as you browse your music. That'll prevent a whole bunch of future lawsuits in the US.
Samsung is the first manufacturer we know of to have produced an MP3 player with a see-through, colour AMOLED screen -- the IceTouch. We don't know why it's called that. Maybe it's coated in liquid nitrogen or something. You can also call it the YP-H1, though, which itself sounds like some sort of technical name for a hideously contagious, mutated, animal-borne disease.
But we digress. The YP-H1 comes in 16GB and 8GB capacities, and has a 51mm (2-inch), transparent AMOLED screen. File-format support is way above average, with love shown for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, WAV and previous Samsung players supported the latter, but we haven't been able to confirm that the YP-H1 will continue this trend).audio files, including DRM-free iTunes downloads. Supported video formats include MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, Xvid and DivX, and, hopefully, BBC iPlayer downloads (
In its press release, Samsung claims "the player also continually analyses and adjusts audio levels to reflect the producer's intended sound". That sounds like a bunch of tosh to us, so we'll judge the player's sound quality when we get one to test in-house. But previous Samsung players have sounded great, so we have every faith this new model will too.
The YP-H1 will be on sale in the first half of 2010, but UK prices are anyone's guess at this point. We'll keep you posted.