“Toshiba has announced a new hard drive-based digital music player that is both smaller and lighter than both its previous model and the competing IPod player from Apple Computer,” reports Martyn Williams for IDG News Service. “The Gigabeat MEG200J (G20) contains a 20GB hard drive, which is four times the capacity of that in Toshiba’s previous model, the MEG50JS. It is enough space to store up to 332 hours of music, encoded at 128 kbps, or, put another way, around 5,000 songs, according to Toshiba. Formats supported are Windows Media Audio, MP3, or WAV.”
Williams reports, “Battery life is estimated to be around 11 hours on a full charge and the player connects to a PC through a USB 2.0 interface. While it is both smaller and lighter than Apple’s IPod, the Toshiba player can’t compete with the IPod on all platforms. Its supporting software is only compatible with PCs running Windows 98 second edition and higher and won’t work on a Mac.”
“Toshiba plans to put the G20 on sale in Japan in early October, where it will cost around $424. There are no concrete plans to put it on sale overseas but Toshiba says the company will consider international sales should it sell well in Japan,” reports Williams.
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Photos of the Toshiba Gigabeat MEG200J here.