Toshiba Gigabeat S Reviewed (Verdict: True iPod Challenger?)

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Here she is. Cnet has one of the first English reviews of the Toshiba Gigabeat S and Cnet senior editor, James Kim, thinks it is a true challenger to the iPod video. The Gigabeat S is available in 30GB and 60GB sizes and boasts a 2.4-inch QVGA screen.

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The Gigabeat S shines for a couple reasons. It supports a wide variety of media formats. For audio it will support MP3, WMA and WAV. And for video it supports WMV, MPEG-4, AVI, DivX and MOV. The Gigabeat S also supports subscription services such as Napter, MTV Urge, Tivo To Go and the upcoming Starz Vongo service. Another plus is that the Gigabeat S runs on a very user-friendly Windows Portable Media Center 2.11.

Of course there are some negatives about this device. There is no audio recording, the battery life is weak and the Gigabeat S is an MTP device, meaning Mac users are SOL. Prices begin at $300.

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Toshiba Gigabeat S MES30VW [Cnet]

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Hi, does anyone who owns a gigabeat s out there know if it has an audio line out jack? This is the only thing keeping me from getting one. I am planning to connect it to my car stereo and do not like the way it sounds when hooked up to the headphone jack, where you can control the volume from the player. Thank you.