Feeds

Toshiba favours Japan for Wi-Fi MP3 player

No UK release planned, sigh

Reducing security risks from open source software

Some say envy is a wasted emotion. But when looking at a forthcoming Toshiba portable media player (PMP) that features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but which may never make it to UK shores, you may be forgiven a touch of the green-eyed monster.

Toshiba_gigbeat_with_WiFi_SM
Toshiba's Wi-Fi Gigabeat: well recieved in Japan

The Gigabeat T401 operates over 802.11b/g, allowing users to connect to the internet and download podcasts. A second model has also been created, the T401S, that doesn't feature Wi-Fi connectivity.

Both players are a little bigger than an iPod Nano, incorporate a 2.4in TFT screen and are compatible with a range of multimedia formats, including WMA, MP3, WAV and JPEG. Each has 4GB of Flash memory, which Toshiba claims is sufficient for about 960 songs.

The new Gigabeats also feature "H2C technology", which Toshiba claimed helps ensure a high standard of audio playback by compensating for audio quality potentially lost during compression.

Both media players will be available in Japan from next month. The T401S is expected to retail for ¥24,800 (£107/€158/$216) and the T401 for ¥29,800 (£129/€190/$259).

A Toshiba representative told Register Hardware that the company made a decision to pull the Gigabeat line from the UK market over one year ago, so it's unlikely the PMP will make in onto our shores, alas.

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
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.
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.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.