By Richard Menta 9/3/06
It is obvious that Archos is not the only iPod competitor looking to take the high ground with feature sets way ahead of what Apple is ready to launch. Toshiba has announced its Gigabeat V line of portable media players.
Dubbed the Toshiba Gigabeat MEV30K, this unit takes its cues from the company's S line of players adding a larger 3.5" TFT LCD display, a built-in speaker (one of the most practical features in our opinion, despite the modest sound quality) and longer battery life. The unit has a 30GB hard drive and supports a whole array of audio and video codecs including all of the present Microsoft formats. As Toshiba will be building Microsoft's upcoming Zune player one speculates if they will be given access to the new codec MS will launch with the Zune music store.
The new Gigabeat MEV30K ships in October for $399 and is available for pre-order on several sites including Amazon.
The Toshiba Gigabeat V Series is available on Amazon
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