Remember Dell's SideShow-enabled MP3 player with Bluetooth we saw up close and personal at CES? Yeah, that one. Well, we just received a purported internal Dell document stating that, "No, Dell isn't re-entering the MP3 market." According to the memo we received, the device was presented by an overzealous vendor who was "shopping the idea to Dell and took things a little too far." The memo states that the vendor was "totally out of line to release any information to a 3rd party source such as Engadget." However, it seems that Dell's Latitude team is in fact considering the device, but "still hasn't decided whether they want to proceed or not." Hell, even if they don't pick it up there's always the chance that someone else will -- someone like MSI whose logo was also seen getting friendly with the player. Full text for your perusal after the break.
"Here's some info from our product brand manager:
There was a lot of confusion regarding this product last week. In a nutshell:
No, Dell isn't re-entering the MP3 market. The situation is that one of our vendors put together a prototype of a handheld that interacted with Latitude laptops.
The prototype included Dell's logo - however, the Latitude team still hasn't decided whether they want to proceed or not. (In other words, the vendor was totally out of line to release any information to a 3rd party source such as engadget. They were "shopping" the idea to Dell and took things a little too far.)
The actual device is not really an MP3 player - its more of a portable device that would allow people to download their calendar and contact info to a handheld out of their Latitude computer.
So, if you get questions about this, reassure people that at this time the device shown is not something on our roadmaps but as usual, Dell will continue to evaluate new technologies."