Today's DAP headlines:
It's all about Rio's tragic demise this time. We've got juicy details on Rio's could-have-been series of super DAPs, such as the Chroma, Cubic and Avalon.
Our first post-mortem: The ill-fated Rio Audio Chroma didn't make it very far. We did, however, obtain some pictures of the Karma's supposed successor. Indeed, it looked like an enlarged Carbon. And yes: all of this gadgetry would have supported gapless playback, Ogg Vorbis, Flac and whatnot.
Then there's the Rio "Carbon C" - dubbed "Cubic" during its beta phase. Tears welled in many eyes when looking at the supposed specifications for this device. Take the suggested 30-35 hour battery life, for instance—that's impressive. Well, it would have been impressive.
The "Carbon C" was supposed to come in 3 versions: the regular 30GB edition—with its nice big screen plus a line-in jack—and two smaller ones (6GB and 8GB), both using the original Carbon's shell. This compact "Carbon C" was nicknamed "Avalon" during its beta stages and nearly made it to production. Then, Rio struck that infamous deal with SigmaTel... and the Avalon had to die with it.
We've also got some tidbits on the late "Rio Audio Vixen" and "Quartz", as well as information about a sports version of the Carbon and something we'd like to call the "K3".
Finally, there's word on a 2GB flash memory Carbon. This unit was scheduled to see its release next Christmas, as were many of the above-mentioned products.
That's all for today, see you tomorrow!