updated 01:15 pm EDT, Tue August 14, 2007
Cowon 16GB D2 and iAudio 7
Cowon today announced that both its D2 (pictured) and iAudio 7 have jumped to 16GB of capacity, doubling the amount of storage compared to earlier models. The storage allows either system to hold as many as 4,000 songs and is a better fit for more or longer video clips in the case of the D2. The iAudio 7 reaches the benchmark with 16GB of memory built-in; reaching the goal for the larger-screened but thinner D2 touchscreen player requires a combo pack that ships a D2 with 8GB of built-in memory plus an 8GB SDHC card, according to Cowon.
Both players are otherwise unchanged and include audio support for FLAG, OGG, MP3, and WMA as well as MPEG-4 and XviD clips at either half the frame rate (for the iAudio 7) or full speed (for the D2). Both work with Macs and Windows PCs, and should be available to order in Cowon's Korean home by August 23rd. The 16GB iAudio will sell for $320 while the D2 will sell at a higher $450 with an integrated DMB digital TV tuner. US versions are expected but have not been announced.
Cowon will become the second major company to introduce 16GB players into the market, quickly following behind Creative's release of a 16GB Zen V Plus in Singapore and the US. Their chief rival Apple has yet to announce a player at a similar capacity and is typically not the first to offer new capacities as soon as they become available, but is reportedly developing a 16GB video iPod for a September launch.