Having created an online music service, Virgin takes the second step in establishing itself as a major player in the digital music market by announcing its $249 Virgin Player, a diminutive 5GB music player that supports the MP3 and WMA music formats.
At 3.1 ounces, the Virgin Player is lighter by .5 ounces than Apple’s iPod mini. With its extra gigabyte of storage, it can hold, on average, 200 more tunes than the iPod mini. And unlike any iPod, the Virgin Player includes an FM tuner and — unusual for portable music players — two headphone jacks for sharing the player between a pair of listeners.
Virgin claims the device will be available in the next two weeks.