Samsung Galaxy Muse, shaped like a skipping stone, on sale for $50

Samsung has released a small, sleek, smooth MP3 player called the Galaxy Muse. Move music from your Galaxy smartphone to the Galaxy Muse with a tap of your finger.

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    The Samsung Galaxy Muse MP3 player.
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Conventional wisdom has it that smartphones are rapidly becoming the equivalent of high-tech Swiss Army Knives – everything from cameras to e-readers to credit cards to video game systems to MP3 players fits neatly inside. But that doesn't mean plenty of manufacturers aren't still pursuing purpose-built, pocket-sized devices. Consider the PlayStation Vita, the Amazon Kindle, or the Apple iPod

Or look to the Samsung Galaxy Muse, a pint-sized music player the size and shape of a skipping stone. The Muse, which is on sale now through the Samsung site or online retailers such as Amazon, is priced at $49.99 – on par with the $49.00 Apple iPod Shuffle. The device comes in two color schemes – white or blue – and packs 4 GB of memory and a clip on the back to attach to running shorts or the collar of your shirt. 

But best of all, at least for folks who already own a Samsung smartphone, may be the ability to sync tracks between devices. 

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"Users can get their music on the Galaxy Muse by simply downloading the Muse Sync app from the Google Play marketplace or Samsung Apps," Samsung reps wrote in a press release. "After connecting Galaxy Muse to the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II via the included connector cable (USB to 3.5mm headset jack), users can sync the songs they want and leave their phone behind."

In plain English: You'll be able to cart over tracks and playlists from your Galaxy smartphone to the Galaxy Muse with a tap of your finger. 

In related news, Samsung has released a new, Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The machine is pricey – 500 bucks – but if you're looking for a wired camera, writes CNET's Joshua Goldman, you could do much worse. 

"Outside of its relatively high cost of ownership and average point-and-shoot picture quality," Goldman notes in a mostly positive review, "the Samsung Galaxy Camera definitely delivers the shoot-and-share experience of a smartphone with the features of a compact camera." 

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