updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue October 12, 2004
Virgin debuts new player
The consumer electronics arm of the Virgin Group is , which debuts Tuesday and is smaller than a deck of cards, will rise as a lead competitor to Apple Computer Inc.'s wildly popular iPod players....The Virgin Player has 20 percent more storage capacity than the iPod Mini. It is slightly larger but is a half-ounce lighter at 3.1 ounces. Virgin claims it has eight hours of continuous playback time on its rechargeable lithium ion battery -- the same as the iPod Mini. The player will be available for $249 at the end of October." It sports an FM Tuner and both WMA/MP3 support as well as integration with the Virgin online music store.