Archos Inc. on Wednesday introduced the
Gmini XS 202
digital music player. The player measures 2.9 x 2.3 x 0.75 inches and can hold 20GB of music. The player is Mac and PC compatible and ships for US$249. The device includes a set of headphones, USB 2.0 data cable and power charger.
A 2-inch blue LCD screen allows users to navigate the contents of their Gmini XS 202, and it connects to a Mac or PC using USB 2.0. It can play MP3 files, as well as Windows Media Audio (WMA), WAV and protected WMA music files.
In a statement announcing the new player’s release, Archos emphasized its Microsoft PlaysForSure certification, which assures users that the device works with online music download services including Napster, MSN Music, Musicmatch and Wal-Mart Downloads. Apple’s iTunes Music Store uses AAC files protected using a Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology called FairPlay, that is only compatible with Apple’s iPod music player.
The Gmini XS 202 can last for about 17 hours on a single battery charge, according to Archos. It weighs about 4.2 ounces. The small display provides an icon-based graphical user interface. The interface allows users to rename, move, copy and delete files without having to use a host computer.