Looks like Olympus has just joined the throng of Apple competitors with the launch of two m:robe music players. The hard disk players have been released in Japan, marking the company’s first foray into the digital audio market. As The Reg points out, the company obviously feels it would be missing out on a booming market if it didn’t launch its own attempt at an iPod "killer". The 20GB MR 500i hard drive comes with a large 3.7-inch colour touchscreen and a 1.3-megapixel in-built digital camera, which gives it a bit of uniqueness in a crowded field.
The MR 100, meanwhile, is the company’s iPod mini with 5GB storage. Both players are expected to launch in the US by January and Europe by spring.
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