Archos launches Gmini XS 202 (20GB)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 07 2005 @ 01:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Archos today presented the compact 20GB Gmini XS 202 pocket music player. This model is an upgrade from the Gmini XS 200 which was released last year and will be able to store up to 10,000 tracks. It has a 2-inch LCD screen and measures only 2.9" (7.35cm) x 2.3" (5.85cm) x 0.75" (1.9cm) while weighting 4.2 ounces (120g).

Features:
  • Supports MP3, WMA, WAV and protected WMA (PlaysForSure download) music files
  • Synchronizes with Windows Media(R) Player 9 or 10
  • Stores up to 10,000 songs(1) on a 20 gigabyte hard drive
  • Easy viewing on the blue-scale 2" LCD screen
  • Enables easy navigation, transfer and management of all music files from the PC or Macintosh
  • Connects to the stereo to play music throughout the home (with optional standard audio cable)
  • Enables easy organization of songs through the ARCHOS ARCLibrary, viewable by artist, genre, title and year (ID3 compatible)
  • Offers 17 hours of battery life(2)
  • Can rename, move, copy or delete files and make playlists on the device without using a PC
  • Offers a friendly icon-based graphical user interface
  • Connects via high-speed USB 2.0 for downloading and storing data files from a PC or Mac

    "The Gmini XS 202 is an enhancement to our Gmini line of portable audio players, offering an exciting new blue screen and integration with Microsoft PlaysForSure music download programs and Windows Media Audio protected files," said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS chief executive officer. "The Gmini XS 202 is undoubtedly one of the most competitive audio players in the 20 gigabyte market and is the smallest of its kind at that capacity."

    Music fans can fill their ARCHOS Gmini XS 202 with up to 10,000 songs from their own CD collections or tracks downloaded from the Internet. As a member of the Microsoft PlaysForSure program, tracks can be purchased from such online music stores as MSN Music, Napster, Musicmatch and Wal-Mart Downloads. The Gmini XS 202 will support the Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription services with a firmware update in the fall of this year. Microsoft PlaysForSure support also ensures easy integration with Windows Media Player 9 or 10, and the ability to play protected Windows Media Audio files.

    Archos claims the Gmini XS 202 offers the largest LCD display and largest HDD capacity for its price; $249.95. More details at Archos


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