More competition for the iPod mini

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iPod mini competitors are coming thick and fast. The Rio Carbon is an obvious contender, and the MPIO HD200 is also now available for pre-order. The 5GB hard drive in good old white should pinch a few of the mini’s potential customers. It offers support for MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG file formats as well as supplying an FM radio and a claimed 14 hours of battery life – far better than the measly 8 you get from the iPods.

A scroll wheel on the side along with a Back button does all the navigating, while the remote on the headphones means you can operate it while it’s packed away in your bag. Other features include a mic for voice recording and a line input for direct MP3 encoding.

It’s bigger and heavier than the iPod mini, measuring 60.6 x 84 x 19 and weighing 120g. It will also cost more than the mini, at £199. But it’s available on pre-order right now and will be on sale from mid-September, so if you’re desperate for a mini music player, here’s your chance.

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