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Archos launches 20GB disk-based MP3 player

updated 09:50 am EST, Thu January 8, 2004

GMINI 220 MP3 Player

Archos today introduced its , which it says is the "industry's smallest 20GB portable MP3 player." It weighs six ounces and is small and light enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The GMINI 220 features a 2.5" grayscale LCD with a blue backlight, an icon-based interface, and the ability to edit song info and manage playlists on the device. It ships standard with three modules: Audio Recorder/Voice Recorder with a built-in microphone; Photo Wallet offering a CompactFlash memory slot; and FM Tuner and Remote Control (with recording functions). The GMINI 120 (10GB version) was introduced in November 2003 for $250, while the GMINI 220 is available this month for $350.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Small, but utt-bugly

    tisay adsbay-ookinglay.

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    at least

    it is Mac compatible.

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    Dunno, but

    4.1 by 2.4 by 0.62 inches and 5.6 punces for the iPod sounds smaller than 4.45"x3.07"x1.02" for the Gmini 120. So the Gmini 220 must be a different machine

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    weight

    Apple 20G ipod 5.6 (lighter)

    This thing looks ok. Guessing it has all the features of the 120 it's got some things on the ipod
    1) built in spdif and analog input recording to mp3 up to 192 (not bad)
    2) built in at lower quality for voice (probably selectable)
    3) built in tuner (this is good, but did they do the smart software thing and let you record from the radio?)
    4) built in compact flash transfer/reader (good)

    Important things it probably doesn't have:

    a fast firewire based sync interface/itunes, AAC support (real or itms), a cool engraveable booty

    Things it's got to be missing, but may not be that important:

    calendar, alarms, games, addresses

    Finally....how does it perform as an HD. Go to a 40Gig g3 ipod and you're getting a decent mac to go.

    All said an done this is a nice little block for pc users and some mac users and illustrates that apple needs to integrate or reduce pricing. what's the dollar at today :(

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    Pricing

    I think this thing is priced right in the market with iPod. If anything, this will convince Apple that it's full-sized iPod is priced correctly. The iPod mini, however, is highly fashionable but too expensive.

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    Integrate what . . .

    What should Apple integrate? A software MP3 player? A calendaring application? A music store? Portable storage? Zero-configuration setup (For a Mac that already has iTunes)? An entry-level music production system?

    Oh yeah, Apple already did all that. What else did you want?

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    what about

    a simple FM radio? I want to hear the news when iim jogging, can't do something as simple as that. Imagine!

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    Re: what about

    Why don't you just buy a simple little fm walkman for 30 bucks and be quiet?

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    Features

    From reading their web site, it looks like all of the extra features are in optional "plug-ins" that are purchased separately.

    It doesn't mention how it syncs with a Mac - I'm guessing you have to manually copy your files.

    And as was said earlier, it is not the smallest MP3 player. The iPod is, and soon the iPod mini will be - which is what I will buy when it becomes available in April.

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    Re: Features

    "The iPod is, and soon the iPod mini will be - which is what I will buy when it becomes available in April."
    Just what Apple is counting. Someone that chooses smaller size over value. You own a cube, don't you?

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