Nokia is expected to unveil several new products at its Oct. 22 press event in Abu Dhabi, with some outlets claiming at least six products will be revealed, and now it appears one of those products may be an MP3 player.
According to @evleaks, a Twitter user who routinely leaks correct information about mobile devices, Nokia is working on a device code-named the "Nokia Guru" that will be similar to Apple's small MP3 player, the iPod shuffle. The major difference between the two devices, @evleak's terse tweet claims, is the use of NFC.
iPod shuffle + NFC = Nokia Guru— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 15, 2013
How the device will benefit from its implementation remains to be seen, but the most likely use would be a connection of some kind to Nokia's Lumia smartphones. Several rumored smartwatches in development will reportedly make use of NFC for pairing with smartphones, and Sony's recently announced SmartWatch 2 includes NFC to pair with Android devices.
Nokia's potential entry in the MP3 player market comes at a time when many companies are getting out. Microsoft exited the market when it stopped selling the Zune HD in 2011, one of the few major rivals to Apple's iPod line.
Should @evleaks rumor be true, the product would likely transfer over to Microsoft when its acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division is complete early next year.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)