updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
iRiver S10 Player
It remains to be seen whether or not the iRiver N20 will arrive in North America, but in its place the new 2GB iRiver S10 is more than capable as an ultra-compact music player. Measuring 1.65 by 1.18 inches on the surface and 0.43 inches thick, the Korean-designed player approaches the new iPod shuffle in size despite the extra volume added by a 1.15-inch OLED display. iRiver accomplishes this by using its trademark directional click controls (first used with the larger Clix) inside the display border to eliminate all but the most essential buttons. MP3, OGG, and WMA audio support are standard as well as BMP image viewing. The existence of a screen shortens battery life to 8 hours from the iPod shuffle's 12. iRiver has not yet announced a release date or price for the S10.