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  • 5 September 2007 09:00

Toshiba tunes in to MP3 player market with latest gigabeat U

Available in blue, white and pink, the new gigabeat U201 MP3 player from Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a colourful, amped-up statement for those music lovers looking for ‘that something different’. For an affordable price of $199 including GST, it is packed with features including enhanced audio playback and new capabilities like line-in recording, FM tuner and FM transmitter.

For those music fans that want it all and at no extra cost, the gigabeat U features an FM tuner as standard, allowing users to tune in to their favourite radio stations, and an FM transmitter for those that want to pipe music through a home or car radio or even another U series gigabeat.

Measuring an impressive 76.5mm by 36.2mm by 10.9mm and weighing just 36g, the palm-sized gigabeat U is a 2GB NAND flash player capable of storing up to 500 songs or 2,000 photos. With direct-to-MP3 player music ripping technology, it enables users to conveniently transfer songs from CDs directly to the gigabeat U through its line-in headphone jack. End result? Users who are away from a computer can still transfer music by ripping it directly into the gigabeat U201.

For convenience on the go, the gigabeat U201 has a quick 10 minute charge feature that will provide up to 3 hours of continuous music playback. With a full charge, users will enjoy up to 20 hours of entertainment from a device that will play today’s most popular audio file formats, including MP3, WMA and WAV.

For enhanced audio quality, the gigabeat U201 also features a built-in equalizer, which allows users to adjust the sound output by either using preset settings, or by manually adjusting the highs and lows to suit their own preferences.

Complete features of the gigabeat U include: ­ Choice of blue, white or pink design ­ Audio playback format: MP3, WMA, WAV ­ Photo format: JPEG ­ Built-in Rechargeable Li-ion Battery ­ Up to 20 hours of audio playback using full-charge option ­ Full-charge in approx. 2 to 2.4 hours via USB or AC adapter ­ Up to 3 hours of audio playback via 10 minute charge option ­ 2GB NAND flash memory ­ Color panel 1.1-inch diagonal OLED ­ FM Tuner ­ FM Transmitter ­ 76-108MHz FM frequency band ­ 10 stations / presets ­ Auto scan / manual scan ­ Equalizer: 6 modes with flat ­ Dimensions: 76.5mm by 36.2mm by 10.9mm ­ Weight: 36g

The gigabeat U201 is available via Toshiba Authorised Retailers, Resellers and Distributors, for full list please visit: For more information please visit:

About Toshiba

Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 161,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over A$73billion on a consolidated basis. Toshiba is the leader in the Australian notebook market, with 21.6% of the market in calendar year in 2006 (IDC) remaining as leader both in market share and revenue.

Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&D budget, roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area. Toshiba ISD extended its business in 2007 to include Toshiba’s audio visual (AV) products. This expansion is a consolidation of the company’s IT and AV technology offerings and drives Toshiba Corporation to be a key player in the Australian computing and home entertainment market.

Instrumental in the DVD revolution, Toshiba Corporation now introduces its HD DVD format, offering incredible image quality and realism where sound and pictures come to life. Continuing its commitment to innovation and market leadership, Toshiba is providing Australians with the next generation of High Definition products.

Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.75 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and in 2006 celebrated its 21st anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions. Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom:

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