“If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em. Creative Technology today began selling an updated version of its MuVo2 hard drive-based music player in five alternative colours reminiscent of Apple’s iPod Mini,” Tony Smith reports for The Register. “The MuVo2 FM contains a 5GB hard drive, up from the current MuVo2’s 4GB unit. With a removeable, rechargeable battery that Creative claims can provide up to 14 hours’ playback, the device can output WMA, MP3 and WAV audio through a four-band equaliser with four pre-sets and a custom EQ option.”
The MuVo will not play songs purchased from Apple’s market-dominating iTunes Music Store which are encoded in AAC-protected format.
Smith reports, “Creative isn’t alone in attempting to take on the iPod Mini. Fellow MP3 player maker Rio Audio this week began shipping its 5GB Rio Carbon, and European PC provider Packard Bell is preparing a 5GB model of its own. The last two are one-colour models – so far Creative appears to be the first music player company to follow Apple’s lead down the multi-colour route.”
Full article here.