Feeds

Rio pitches Carbon player at iPod Mini

Diamond, graphite or buckyball?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Rio will take the fight to Apple's iPod Mini this month when it ships its latest hard drive-based MP3 player, Carbon.

The new machine uses Seagate's recently announced 1in ST1 hard disk, which offers 5GB of storage, 1GB more than the iPod Mini. To date, Rio has partnered with Cornice for micro hard drives. Cornice is now the subject of legal action from Seagate and from Western Digital.

Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 playerWhile Apple claims the iPod Mini offers eight hours' play time, Rio reckons Carbon will run for up to 20 hours. Given the player's name, the company should perhaps have settled for 12 hours' battery life, but we won't begrudge them the extra eight hours.

Apple buffs will also note it's named after one of Mac OS X's three key application programming frameworks.

Carbon comes in at 90.7g, Rio said, compared to the Mini's 102g. Both retail for $249.

The Rio machine is due to ship at the end of August and will support the next generation of Microsoft's Windows DRM technology. Codenamed 'Janus', the software will allow DRM rules to be extended to mobile devices, permitting content owners to enable sharing across portable players but blocking further duplication. Essentially, song purchasers will be able to share songs with friends, who might then get perhaps one to two opportunities to listen to it before they're forced to purchase the track.

Napster is this autumn expected to roll out new services enabled by Janus, and the DRM technology's launch is believed to be behind the timing of Virgin Digital's launch - August in the US, September in the UK.

Rio hopes Carbon will help it regain market share lost to Apple. As part of Diamond Multimedia, Rio was one of the pioneers of portable digital music but now plays second fiddle to the iPod maker. While Apple commanded 39.2 per cent of the US retail MP3 market in May, according to market watcher NPD, Rio, despite holding the number two slot, took less than half of that: 14.6 per cent of the market. ®

Related stories

Napster gives away MP3 players
Apple licenses iTunes to Motorola
Macrovision preps '99% effective' CD lock-in tech
Kyocera offers iPod Mini-matching digicams
Consumers go crazy for MP3 players
Seagate unveils 'tiny to terabyte' hard drives
Western Digital sues Cornice
Seagate gets litigious with small hard drive rival

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.