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Takara shows TV visualizer for music players

Affordable software to debut early next year

The MPTV (Music Player Television) device connects to the headphone socket on any music player and to a TV through standard yellow, red and white RCA jacks. It will produce visualizations based on the track playing and also pass through the audio for playback through the TV speakers, said rep Mutsuki Kubota at the World PC Expo show in Tokyo.

The first version of the MPTV is due on the Japanese market in January or February 06 and will cost ¥3,980 (£20). It will come with five basic visualization themes which can be switched through a button on the front of the small, square-shaped device. Takara is keen to see the number of themes expand.

A second version of the MPTV player is already in development and will allow users to change themes with ones downloaded via the Internet. Takara plans to open up the theme format and hopes that users will create their own, it’s possible that music bands will offer themes to fans.

Takara has been in talks with Apple Japan and will likely put the MPTV on sale first in Apple's Japanese retail outlets.

While a launch date hasn't been decided, the company is already making plans to launch the MPTV in the US, said Youichiro Ogawa of Takara's strategic business division. It will likely be priced at a similar price to the Japanese market.


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