on Tuesday introduced the iHP-120 — a hard drive-based MP3 player that’s compatible with Mac and Windows PCs. The USB 2.0-based device integrates an FM tuner, backlit remote, optical audio output, built-in voice recording and other features. It can store up to 20GB of audio.
An integrated MP3 encoder allows the iHP-120 to record, encode and store MP3 files in real-time straight from the devices own tuner, built-in microphone or optical input, which means that users don’t need to rip files on a computer first, according to the manufacturer. In addition to MP3, the device can play back WMA, WAV, OGG and ASF-format files (AAC format, preferred by Apple for its iTunes Music Store and supported by the iPod, is absent from the list).
The iHP-120 works for up to 16 hours on its rechargeable lithium polymer battery, according to the manufacturer.
comes with earphones, a carrying case, software, AC adapter, USB 2.0 and line-in cables, external mic and documentation. The device carries a suggested retail price of US$399.99 and is available from the iRiver Web site and select retailers.