has introduced seven new MP3 players that are available in a variety of design and form factors, three of which are Mac compatible.
Two of the Mac friendly versions are new flash-based, MP3 players — the Rio Chiba and Rio Fuse. Designed for use with Mac OS X (as well as Windows) they sport backlit LCDs, onboard memory, and over 18 hours of continuous playback using a AAA battery.
In addition, the Rio Chiba offers an FM tuner, five-band adjustable equalizer with presets, a carrying case and armband. It’s available with 128MB (US$169) or 256MB ($199) of onboard memory, which can be expanded to 768MB. The US$149 Rio Fuse is a 128MB MP3 player with a one-piece design that plugs directly into a USB port without cables. It packs an adjustable equalizer with presets.
The Rio Cali — a newly designed sport MP3 player that builds on the company’s most popular flash player, the Rio S30S — is also Mac OS X compatible. It comes in $169.99, 128MB and $199, 256MB versions — and can be expanded to 768MB. The Cali offers 18 hours of battery life, USB connectivity, an FM tuner, and a five-band adjustable equalizer with presets.