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By now the market for PMP's have to have shrunk to one that's barely worth making new products for, although a dedicated PMP still has one advantage over your average smartphone, battery life. iRiver is getting ready to unleash its B100 PMP upon the world come the 6th of April and with 36h battery life for music playback and a touch screen interface, there might still be some takers.

By now the market for PMP's have to have shrunk to one that's barely worth making new products for, although a dedicated PMP still has one advantage over your average smartphone, battery life. iRiver is getting ready to unleash its B100 PMP upon the world come the 6th of April and with 36h battery life for music playback and a touch screen interface, there might still be some takers.

Sadly it looks like iRiver hasn't been pulling out any stops with the B100 as it sports a fairly mundane 480×320 resolution display that measures a measly 3.1-inches. On top of that the B100 only comes with 4 or 8GB of built in memory, but there's at least a microSD card slot to make up for this. The rest of the "features" on offer include an FM radio, a mini USB port, a built in microphone and a headphone socket.

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The B100 supports MP3, WMVA, OGG, FLAC, APE, ASF and WAV audio files which is at least a fairly comprehensive range. On the video side of things –where the B100 offers up to 8.5h of playback time – you're looking at MPEG1/2/4, WMV7/8/9 and H.264, although it only supports simple profile or advanced simple profile MPEG4 files and baseline profile H.264 files, so no high quality content. It does handle all standard containers though, such as AVI, WMV, MP4, ASF, 3GP, MOV, MKV and M2TS, but video resolution is limited to 720×480 at no more than 30fps. As far as supported audio formats in combination with video, the selection is fairly meagre as the B100 inly supports MP3, WMA, WAV and AC3.

It's also possible to display JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF images on the B100 and it can also handle PDFm EPUB and TXT files. The B100 will initially be sold via Japanese website Rakuten with the 4GB version coming in at 11,800 Yen (S$179) and the 8GB versing at 13,800 Yen (S$210), so not exactly cheap for what you get. The glory days of iRiver seems to have passed and we can't say that the B100 makes us want to run out and buy a PMP, even though it's far from the worst device of its kind that we've seen.

Source: iRiver