| Toshiba Announces World's Slimmest, Smallest, Lightest
Digital Audio Player Integrating 1.8-inch HDD
(For the Japanese market only)
21 August, 2003
As many as 5,000 music titles or 500 audio CDs
Tokyo -- Toshiba Corporation today announced "gigabeat G20," the world's lightest, most compact, digital audio player integrating a 1.8-inch hard disk drive. The new player takes portable music to a new level of convenience with a 20gigabyte HDD, capacity enough to store over 330 hours of music recorded at 128kbps. gigabeat G20 will be launched in Japan at the beginning of October.
The stylish aluminum alloy case of the gigabeat G20, as compact as a minidisk player, houses a versatile digital audio player that can store as many as 5,000 four-minute pieces of music or 500 ten-title CDs. This record-setting capacity is complemented by a height of only 12.7mm, a volume of 87mm3 and a weight of only 138g, all world-firsts for an audio player integrating an HDD of 1.8 inches or more. gigabeat G20 is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket but large enough to carry a library of CDs and to provide music for all moods and occasions. That experience is made all the better by a slim lithium-ion battery that can deliver over 11 hours of continuous playback between recharging.
The functionality of gigabeat G20 is enhanced by dual software support. The player is fully compatible with "Windows Media Player 9 Series," now preinstalled on new Windows PCs, and with "TOSHIBA Audio Application Ver2.0," which is bundled with gigabeat G20. Windows Media Player 9 Series can rip CDs and transfer data to gigabeat G20. TOSHIBA Audio Application supports easy creation and editing of playlists and fast downloads to gigabeat G20. Three audio formats are supported: WMA, MP3 and WAV.
gigabeat G20 takes full advantage of USB2.0 to achieve high-speed data transfers. In the Windows XP environment, on a computer with a 1GHz CPU, a CD compressed to 60MB can be downloaded in approximately 30 seconds. The player also can interface with PCs supporting USB1.1. USB integration also allows gigabeat G20 to function as a high-capacity, high-speed portable data storage device with room to spare for image-rich presentations, video sources and other digital data.
gigabeat G20 brings together Toshiba's industry-defining storage technologies, high-density packaging technologies and know-how in mobile products in a product that brings users the convenience of high capacity data storage in activities ranging from entertainment to business use.
Outline of gigabeat G20
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