Groove to the Gigabeat

Al Futtaim Technologies has rolled out Toshiba’s Gigabeat MP3 player – a 60GB monster that Toshiba hopes will swipe market share from the likes of Apple and Sony.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 6, 2005

Al Futtaim Technologies has rolled out Toshiba’s Gigabeat MP3 player – a 60GB monster that Toshiba hopes will swipe market share from the likes of Apple and Sony. Built around a 1.8-inch hard disk drive, the Gigabeat F series is the first Toshiba player Al Futtaim has stocked. It uses a lithium-ion battery that the firm claims provides up to 11 hours of continuous play. “Toshiba has introduced the Gigabeat MP3 player at a time when the portable storage of music is at its height,” commented Mr Muralidharan, general manager, Al-Futtaim Technologies. “With its stylish looks, excellent playback, long battery life and fast synchronisation, digital music lovers are sure to bring more listening pleasure to their lives.” Two versions of the F-series Gigabeat are initially available. One features 20GB of storage space, while the second offers a whopping 60GB; the same amount as the biggest iPod available today (capable of carrying roughly 15,000 songs). Other Gigabeat specs include a 2.2" QVGA LCD screen offering over 32,000 colours and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a JPEG picture viewer, 29 equalizer settings and 'SRS Wow'. Accessories meanwhile include a cradle with CD RipREC, USB out, AC in, line out, AC adaptor, USB cable and ear-buds. The 20GB Gigabeat F costs AED 1375 (US $374) while the 60GB version will set you back AED 1975 (US $538).

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