Toshiba Strengthens Lineup of HDD Audio Players Integrating 1.8-inch Hard Disc

Toshiba today reinforced its line-up of gigabeat® personal HDD audio players
with the launch of the “gigabeat® F” series. Designed to deliver enhanced
usability, including a high-resolution color display, and a comprehensive range
of storage capacities, including the world’s first 60-gigabyte capacity on a
1.8-inch hard disk drive, the gigabeat® F series takes portable digital music to
a new level of personal listening pleasure. The attractions of gigabeat® F
models begin with a slim portrait-shaped case that fits comfortably into the
hand. Advanced navigation and control functions are managed by an integrated
plus-sign shaped touch sensor and displayed on a 2.2-inch QVGA color LCD panel.
All three models in the series integrate a 1.8-inch HDD, with capacities of
10GB, 20GB and 60GB. The gigabeat® F series will be launched in the Japanese
market at the end of November 2004.

  

Toshiba Corporation today reinforced its line-up of gigabeat® personal HDD
audio players with the launch of the "gigabeat® F" series. Designed to deliver
enhanced usability, including a high-resolution color display, and a
comprehensive range of storage capacities, including the world’s first
60-gigabyte capacity on a 1.8-inch hard disk drive, the gigabeat® F series takes
portable digital music to a new level of personal listening pleasure.

The attractions of gigabeat® F models begin with a slim portrait-shaped case
that fits comfortably into the hand. Advanced navigation and control functions
are managed by an integrated plus-sign shaped touch sensor and displayed on a
2.2-inch QVGA color LCD panel. All three models in the series integrate a
1.8-inch HDD, with capacities of 10GB, 20GB and 60GB. The gigabeat® F series
will be launched in the Japanese market at the end of November 2004.

Toshiba’s gigabeat® HDD audio players are small enough to slip into a shirt
pocket but large enough to carry a library of songs and to provide music for all
moods and occasions. The new 10GB model has the capacity to store some 2,500
four-minute pieces of music recorded at 128kbps in the WMA or MP3 formats, while
the 20GB model and flagship 60GB model have approximate capacities of 5,000 and
15,000 pieces of music, respectively.

"The Japanese market for HDD audio players is expected to reach 950,000 units
in fiscal year 2005," said Takeshi Hagio, Vice President of Digital Camera &
Imaging System Division of Toshiba’s Digital Media Network Company. "With our
new gigabeat® players we want to stimulate further growth and demand by
delivering versatile players that offer excellent functions and features that
are intuitive and easy to use. Our goal is to bring more listening pleasure to
people’s lives."

The new models in the gigabeat® F series offer advanced management and
navigation through on-screen management software, and "Plus Touch™," a plus-sign
shaped touch sensor that carries out all main operations, including music
searches and playback volume changes, with a slide of the finger. "Plus Touch™"
also supports smooth, high speed scrolling through music lists. These control
function are enhanced by display of all control actions and selections on
2.2-inch QVGA low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD.

The "gigabeat RoomTM" software provided
with gigabeat® F series players takes one-touch downloads from a CD to the music
player off user wish lists and makes it a reality. Simply insert a gigabeat® F
series player into its supplied cradle, hook up the cradle to the USB port on a
PC, insert a CD into the PC’s optical drive, and then press the "RipRec™" button
built into the cradle. This launches "gigabeat RoomTM"
on the PC, which automatically transfers the CD content to the PC and then on to
the gigabeat®. Synchronizing specific music folders in the PC with a gigabeat®
is also easily done by specifying the folders to synchronize in "gigabeat RoomTM"
and then pressing the "Sync" button on the cradle.

"gigabeat RoomTM" is newly developed
software proprietary to Toshiba, expressly designed to create an optimized user
environment for music entertainment. It can playback CD or music files on PC,
rip from a CD, use Gracenote, Inc.’s CDDB® to display information on albums and
music, and transfer music files to and from gigabeat® players. "gigabeat RoomTM"’s
"RipRec®" functions allow people unfamiliar with PCs to enjoy gigabeat’s®
wide-ranging functionality to the full. Transferred music files are
automatically stored in a database that can be searched by artist, album or
musical genre, and JPEG images can be attached to albums, and even to individual
songs, providing visual cues during music searches. Music files that are
transferred by "gigabeat RoomTM" or Windows
Media® Player 9 are encrypted as they are recorded to the gigabeat®.

Alongside the launch of the gigabeat® F series, Toshiba will also introduce "gigabeat®
G10," a slim, light, HDD audio player with a 10GB capacity. gigabeat® G10 is
compatible with "Windows Media® Player 9 Series," which is preinstalled on new
Windows PCs, and also bundles Toshiba’s proprietary "TOSHIBA Audio Application
Ver. 4.1." Both applications support transfer of encoded audio data to gigabeat®,
automated creation of music libraries, and full freedom in compiling and editing
playlists. TOSHIBA Audio Application also supports one-touch downloads of audio
data to the "gigabeat® G10" from a designated folder that synchronizes with
gigabeat®. It also exports and automatically edits tags to carry titles and
artist names.

In developing the new gigabeat® models, Toshiba has responded to the main
demands of digital music lovers: stylish looks, excellent playback, long battery
life and fast synchronization.

The gigabeat® F series combines good looks with a superb performance,
including integration of SRS WOW® from SRS Labs, for rich stereo sound that
clearly brings out each instrument. A selection of 28 equalizers enhances
listening pleasure across the spectrum of music, from classical to jazz and from
acoustic to rock and hip-hop, and in the gigabeat® F series users can preset
equalizer preferences each individual piece of music.

Player performance is rounded out by a built-in lithium-ion battery that
provides up to 11 hours of continuous play.

Music downloads from a PC are fast and simple via a USB 2.0 connection that
delivers a CD’s worth of music files in only 30 seconds. And that is not all.
Connection to the USB port can be used to charge gigabeat®’s battery, and an
optional recharging stand (included for the gigabeat® F60) has a USB port and
can function as a host server. Equipped with an optional Toshiba-approved
USB-type wireless or wired LAN adapter, the stand can connect a gigabeat® player
to a network as a virtual HDD, allowing music and data downloads from multiple
PCs.

All the new gigabeat® models are bundled with software for "Windows Media®
DRM," Microsoft’s digital rights management system for secure downloads of
content with no breach of copyright protection. This allows on-line purchases
and downloads of music from on-line stores supporting Windows Media DRM sites.

Options

  • USB Cradle (MEGBCS13 for gigabeat® F10 and F20): open price
  • Recharge stand (MEGBCS11 for gigabeat®G10): open price
  • Wired Remote Controller Set (MEGWRC10): open price
  • Neck-Strap-Type Remote Controller (MEGSRC10): open price
  • AC Adapter (MEGAC530): open price

Outline of New gigabeat® Series

Main Specifications

*1Sampling frequency and the bit rate differ with the audio format.
*2PC with USB 2.0 interface is required to operate USB 2.0. Operates as
USB 1.1 connection when connected to PC with USB 1.1 interface.

Main Specifications

*1Sampling frequency and the bit rate differ with audio format.
*2PC with USB 2.0 interface is required to operate USB 2.0. Operates as
USB 1.1 when connected to PC with USB 1.1 interface.
*3USB storage driver for Windows 98 Second Edition is included in the
software CD-ROM