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Hitachi just introduced its HMP-G1 digital audio player in Japan, and although we're not quite understanding its family name rolled out last March—"i.µ's"—we're liking its OLED display that reminds us of another flash-based player whose maker actually decided to brave the hotly competitive US market, Sony's NW-S700 series announced last month and due on the market any day now.

This Hitachi flash-based player holds a gig of stuff, and plays back MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM 10 formats. It's tiny, too, just over 3 inches tall, an inch wide and a half inch thick, weighing just a bit more than an ounce. No price or availability was announced, but we'd sure like to see this DAP make it to the US. It'll cost you a mere click to check out a giant pic of the thing, plus a tight shot of its gorgeous shuffle-esque brandmate, the HMP-S3.

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.


Now that the updated iPod shuffle has met with such resounding success in the US, perhaps Hitachi will consider pushing its prescient HMP-S3 (pictured above), which was introduced in March of this year. Will we see it on US soil? We're not holding our breath.

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The new Hitachi i.µ's DAP [Akhihabara News]