CES 2006: Cowon's iAudio 6 multimedia player

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Taking aim at the iPod market is Cowan’s iAudio 6. No it’s not just another clone, this digital multimedia player has a tiny 0.85 inch hard drive, claimed to be the first in an audio player. With hard drives working out cheaper than flash memory, this 4GB player should certainly give the nano a run for its money in financial terms.

The iAudio 6 boasts a 1.3 inch 260k colour OLED screen, a touch-sensitive "Swing Touch" control scheme, USB on the go (so you can download with using a PC), along with video playback, image viewing and text viewing to accompany music playback.

It certainly has the spec to trouble Apple – but will it have the style?

Dave Walker