Feeds

iRiver readies Euro revival

Business security measures using SSL

IFA iRiver, the one-time major MP3 player maker that failed to keep up with Apple and was forced to retrench to its native Korea, relaunched itself into Europe at IFA this week.

To mark the occasion, it launched a couple of new media players, but it's pitching them at the designer end of the market. Just in case that doesn't work, it's also planning to roll out a raft of gadgets, from satnavs to electronic books.

iRiver Spinn

iRiver's Spinn: twisted

It's stand-out machine was the Spinn, a media player with a "cinema-like" 3.3in, 480 x 272 OLED screen and a "intuitive" knob control, dubbed the "Spinn wheel".

You turn the cylindrical control to dial up the players content, using it to scroll through tracks lists - MP3, WMA, Ogg and Flac are supported - and the like. But the screen's also a touch-sensitive panel with haptic feedback.

The unit will come with a choice of 4GB and 8GB of content storage. In addition to music and video - in MPEG 4 and WMV 9 formats - the Spinn will play Flash games and display text files. It has a microphone and an FM radio on board too.

iRiver Spinn

Flash storage for Flash games

The Spinn also packs in Bluetooth 2.0 for stereo wireless, and USB 2.0 for sending files back and forth.

iRiver Volcano
iRiver Domino

Volcano (top) and Domino

iRiver also used IFA to show off its Volcano USB Flash drive-style music player line, Volcano T7 - and also its stylish Flash drives, Domino.

Volcano will come in a selection of colours, all with either 2GB or 4GB of song storage and a 1in, 128 x 64 OLED screen. The 84 x 26 x 11mm players support Ogg like the Spinn does and comes with SRS Wow HD audio enhancement tech.

There's no word yet on what these items will set buyers back. The Spinn is due to debut in Germany in October, and we'd expect it to hit the UK shortly afterwards. The Volcano and Domino lines will be following shortly afterward, we hear.

IFA 2008 complete coverage

Related Reviews
iRiver Lplayer 8GB MP3 player
iRiver E100 MP3 player

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.