New iRiver flash-memory player: one-eighth the capacity of Apple’s ‘iPod mini’ for US$80 more

iRiver today announced the unveiling of its iFP-599T, “the most feature rich and largest capacity flash-based memory player on the market.” The iFP-599T comes standard with 1 GB of internal memory and offers consumers the ability to record MP3s on the fly from any source.

The iFP-599T holds up to 34 hours of music (based on Windows Media format at 64kbps) and plays up to 28 hours from a single charge to its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. In addition to playing MP3, WMA and ASF music files, the iFP-599T allows customers to store all types of files when it is used as a portable drive.

iRiver also announced today the iFP-595T, which has the same features and functionality as the iFP-599T but comes with 512 MB of memory. Both players include a built-in FM tuner with presets, line-in MP3 encoding, voice-activated voice recording as well as FM tuner recording functionality.

“As the leader in flash memory players, we designed the iFP-500 series to set the bar again for best design, feature-set and capacity,” said Jonathan Sasse, president of iRiver America. “We are proud to continue providing the MP3 category with superior products, and the iFP-599T is clearly leading the way.”

Suggested retail price for the iFP-599T is US$449.99 and the iFP-595T is US$329.99.

MacDailyNews Take: Still think US$249 for Apple’s new 4GB ‘iPod mini’ is too much? More information about Apple’s new ‘iPod mini’ here.

21 Comments

  1. “…set the bar again for best design”

    “…superior products, and the iFP-599T is clearly leading the way.”

    What are these guys smoking? So, really, for the additional $80 you get 3GB less capacity than the iPod Mini and “on-the-go” MP3 recording. Ooooh, what a bargain!?!?! I think I’ll run out right now and buy the iFP-599T.

    By the way, real catchy name iRiver. You dorks!

  2. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Sorry, I just had to let that out. I thought it was bad when comparing a 4GB iPod mini to a 10GB iPod price-wise, but THIS is ridiculous. $50 difference buys you 40x the storage space. Someone please tell me it’s April 1st and iRiver is pulling a fast one on us. What a joke!

    -Joel

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