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New Rio Carbon MP3 Player

Rio debuted a player Monday that is expected to be the first of many to squarely compete against the popular 4-gigabyte iPod Mini. The Rio Carbon, shaped like a slim wedge and weighing 3.2 ounces, uses Seagate’s new 1-inch, 5-gigabyte hard drive, and touts up to 20 hours of playback time on a rechargeable battery. It will cost $ 249 and be available in late August. GoVideo will enter the audio player market in September with a similar 5-gigabyte portable player as well as a 2.5-gigabyte model under a revived Rave-MP brand name. Both the Rio and Rave-MP players will play songs encoded in the Windows Media Audio or MP3 formats. The new Rio and Rave-MP players will also be among the first to support Microsoft’s new anti-piracy technology, dubbed Janus, that allows rented songs from online music subscription services to be used on portable devices.

Rio debuted a player Monday that is expected to be the first of many to squarely compete against the popular 4-gigabyte iPod Mini. The Rio Carbon, shaped like a slim wedge and weighing 3.2 ounces, uses Seagate’s new 1-inch, 5-gigabyte hard drive, and touts up to 20 hours of playback time on a rechargeable battery. It will cost $ 249 and be available in late August. GoVideo will enter the audio player market in September with a similar 5-gigabyte portable player as well as a 2.5-gigabyte model under a revived Rave-MP brand name. Both the Rio and Rave-MP players will play songs encoded in the Windows Media Audio or MP3 formats. The new Rio and Rave-MP players will also be among the first to support Microsoft’s new anti-piracy technology, dubbed Janus, that allows rented songs from online music subscription services to be used on portable devices.

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