Until now, MP3 players came in two basic types: There are the
truly pocket-sized players, like the Samsung Yepp YP-30SH, which hold only a paltry hour or so of music--barely enough for the morning commute; and the 10 to 30GB pocket rippers, like the iPod, which store weeks of music. RCA's Lyra Micro Jukebox ($249) begins to close the gap. At 2.2
by 2.2 by .9 inches, it's small like a pocket player, but its 1.5GB of storage can carry 25 hours, or 500 songs. A 1-inch magnetic
disk developed by Cornice enabled RCA to shrink the device while maintaining a low price. Now, if it only had the iPod's
easy user interface.