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Absurdly Over-Priced BeoSound 6 Is No iPod

Bang & Olufsen's Absurdly Priced DAP

Bang & Olufsen is a high end Danish electronics company known for its often outlandish designs, and absurdly high prices. Surprisingly, B&O's new BeoSound 6 digital audio player is actually a pretty ho-hum-looking device. In fact, it looks suspiciously like the Samsung YP-Z5F.

The BeoSound 6 is probably a decent audio player -- since most MP3 devices sound more or less the same -- but it's otherwise somewhat bare bones. No FM, no Wi-Fi, not even video, just standard MP3, WMA and OGG playback (no, it won't play your iTunes music).

This four-gigabyte iPod Nano competitor is sadly for B&O no competition for Apple's diminutive video capable digital audio player (DAP). The BeoSound is only slightly narrower than the iPod, but significantly taller, and twice as thick.

Oh, and then there's the price. At an absolutely unbelievable $600, the BeoSound costs only four times as much as the four-gigabyte iPod Nano. The only explanation for the price difference? The BeoSound contains the soul of a small child (or so we hope!)

If it only looked nicer, maybe we'd be convinced, but if you're one of those chumps who's just gotta have the latest B&O device, you can rest easy: It's set to ship in time for the holiday season.

What do you think? Have you had any positive or negative experiences with Bang & Olufsen equipment? Would you pay $600 for a four-gigabyte digital audio player?

From Engadget

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