Wi-Fi Gremlin launches in the US

We've been able to download the odd track over 3G networks for a while, but what happened wireless MP3 player? Well, it looks like one's finally lande

We've been able to download the odd track over 3G networks for a while, but what happened wireless MP3 player? Well, it looks like one's finally landed over in the US.

The MusicGremlin isn't the world's first MP3 player to sport Wi-Fi (see the Soniqcast) or the first device with wireless link-up to an online music store (that would be O2's DMP, or most 3G phones), but it is the first to combine both features.

The player – whose full name is MG-1000 – has 8GB storage, an FM radio and is PlaysForSure certified, making it compatible with stores like Napster.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use the Wi-Fi to download songs wirelessly from any store – you'll be restricted to MusicGremlin's online shop, which contains a very respectable 2 million songs.

Tracks cost 99c each, while a subscription to let you download whatever you like will cost $15 a month. This subscription will also let you go online to see what other users are playing, and download tracks you fancy on-the-move.

To save battery and time, the library is actually loaded onto the device and automatically updates when you connect via Wi-Fi. If you've subscribed to its 'Gremlists', these will also automatically download.

The only downsides appear to be that it's Windows-only, has a steepish $300 (£165) price, and a slightly strange rubbery finish, which we'll pass final judgement on when we see it in the flesh.

Unfortunately, that might not be for a while. It's a US-only product for the moment, and we're still awaiting a response from the company to see if it's going to be launched over here. We'll update you with any news, of course, but for now there's more info available at the MusicGremlin site.