Toshiba is introducing the gigabeat digital audio player in the New Zealand market. The device is a portable, full-colour audio player that doubles as a hard disk drive for backing up files on the PC.
The silver pocket-sized gigabeat comes with a QVGA (240x320 pixels) 2.2" LCD colour screen for the display of album covers and photos and is available in 20GB, 40GB and 60GB models.
Users can navigate through menus and content with the help of a plus-sign shaped touch sensor that provides smooth navigation with the slide of the finger.
Gigabeat is available for purchase on its own or as part of a bundled package with the Satellite M50, a new Toshiba notebook PC. Storing up to 15,000 music tracks, digital stills and PC files on the one device, the gigabeat is designed for both work and play.
Using CD RipRec technology users can copy entire CDs directly into the gigabeat at the push of a button without the need to manually move tracks into another music library first. Transferred files are automatically stored in a database and can be searched by category. JPEG images can be attached to individual songs or entire albums, providing jukebox-style visual cues during music searches.
Photographs can be downloaded onto the gigabeat via the included "gigabeat room" management software and viewed in widescreen format (horizontally) or portrait format (vertically). Users can also create music playlists and view slideshows to music.
Suitable for frequent travellers, the gigabeat has up to 16 hours of battery life and can be recharged from a laptopís USB port.
The gigabeat F20, F40 and F60 is available from major retailers with suggested prices varying from NZ$479 (US$330) through NZ$649 (US$450), depending on model selected.