updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon July 9, 2007
Cowon Ships iAudio 7
Cowon this morning confirmed its launch details by shipping the iAudio 7, the company's latest compact music player. The media player builds on the "swing touch" control scheme of the version 6 device but improves battery life and features. In spite of its size, a new power management method extends battery life to as long as 60 hours on a single charge. EQ has also been improved and Windows users can take advantage of Windows Media DRM for unlimited music subscriptions.
Shipping versions of the iAudio 7 match the features of the Korean edition with FLAC and OGG audio joining more commonplace MP3/WAV/WMA support; though small, the player also includes MPEG-4 and XviD video playback at 15 frames per second. FM radio and recording through line-in and microphone inputs round out the player. Cowon's player works with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows PCs, and will be available in shops in 4GB (black trim) and 8GB (red) versions for $170 and $220 respectively.