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Samsung Launches Galaxy Muse MP3 Player to Accompany Galaxy Smartphones

Smartphones have largely taken over for MP3 players, but when you’re working out at the gym or running, strapping a rectangular block to your arm doesn’t really make for a comfortable fit.

As an alternative, Samsung today introduced the Galaxy Muse, a compact MP3 player that lets you sync music directly from the Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

The Galaxy Muse measures just 1.7 inches tall by 1.25 inches wide and weighs 0.48 ounces. The face of the device, which resembles a smooth pebble (not unlike the company’s previous Pebble MP3 player) offers touch-sensitive controls. There’s also a built-in clip on back.

It offers four gigabytes of memory and promises up to six hours of battery life. The player is compatible with the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II.

Users can transfer music from their smartphone to the player with the included connector cable and free companion Music Sync Android app.

Samsung touts that this solution will free users from having to connect the MP3 player to the PC for syncing, but it still requires tethering it to your smartphone, so it’s not eliminating any extra steps. Still, the convenience of a smaller device might be worth it to some.

The Galaxy Muse is available now from Samsung for $50 and comes in blue or white.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus