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Virgin challenges Apple\'s iPod mini with new player

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Logic dictates

    That you have to overcome your own challenges before you can challenge another. And the Virgin device has some major challenges of it's own: looks and control.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That & the boom tube...

    ...looks superb. Aluminum would be even better in SS? FM is a GLARING omission from the iPod for me...

    Tempting... Very tempting... Needs a lossless format to totally hook me...


  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And.... many third party peripherals does it have?

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    looks superb ?

    @ $249,- that's one cheap looking piece of plastic. and to top it all of, it comes with an ultra cheezy Illuminated Virgin logo.
    the "lost and found" option is a nice touch (plays songs you haven't played, though that maybe for a reason...)
    dual headphones I can see appealing to kids and the fm tuner is a no-brainer.
    I don't think Apple has anything to be worried about here, but the radio has to happen...

    other thing to note:
    •Compatible with Windows XP/2000 (Mac support coming)
    •Music purchased at iTunes Music Store not supported
    •Coming soon... Plays for Sure support

    so it might play iTMS songs at some point, which is irrelevant to me unless it also integrates with iTunes itself.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    one word to describe it


  1. bashar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you go to the compare page, they shied away from displaying an ipod mini picture, there is a red apple picture, then if you choose compare for real the virgin player is omitted, they suck and they know it!!!

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "FM is a GLARING omission from the iPod for me..."

    Besides NPR, what is worthwhile on FM anymore. Not music. And if thousands of songs don't do it for ya...

  1. ciphun

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Besides NPR, what is worthwhile on FM anymore. Not music. And if thousands of songs don't do it for ya..."

    Correction, Music may not be worthwhile for you anymore, but your statement implies it isn't worthwhile for someone else. That is wrong.

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