Sharp just announced their new QT (cutie?) MPA10 Music Carry machine. This portable music player features either 512MB or 1GB of flash memory, supports MP3/WMA/WAV playback, and slaps on an FM/AM radio which can be recorded into MP3 format for kicks. Powered by 6 AA batteries, the roughly 16 x 7 x 5-inch, 5-pound (with batteries) player sports a couple of 2W, 8-cm speakers. From the looks of the machine translation, it seems to also playback audio from any device (MP3 player or musicphone) that can operate as a USB mass storage device. And of course, a timer function is included which turns the device on and off automatically throughout the week for use as an alarm clock or wage monkey's cubicle mood enhancer. Let's just hope that Sharp's little box doesn't suffer from the same limitations as that goofy little Philips PSS110. We'll know soon enough as the QT-MPA10 is set to drop in Japan on 16 June for an undisclosed price.

[Via Akihabara News]

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Sharp's Music Carry QT-MPA10 portable music player