Talk to your music player

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It won’t be long before we’re all prattling away to our electronic gadgets if these developers have anything to do with it. First mobile phones you can order to dial a number for you, then ones you can dictate text messages to, and now it looks like we’ll soon be chatting to our music players like some sort of modern take on Prince Charles’s floral chitchat habits. Gracenote, a company that specialises in metadata for music files, is working with ScanSoft, a voice recognition company, to come up with an MP3 player you can bark orders at whilst driving your car. Obviously, the Japanese will be the first to take the plunge, and the companies are hoping to unleash the service by the end of 2005.

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