updated 09:15 am EST, Thu December 4, 2008
Haier ibiza Rhapsody Sport
Haier on Thursday has quietly released the second generation of its Internet-capable portable media players. The ibiza Rhapsody Sport is ruggedized compared to the original player and has both a more easily gripped, rounded body as well as a weather-resistant covering that partly protects against rain or snow. The player continues to center on an 802.11g Wi-Fi link that lets it download podcasts, download unlimited songs over Real's Rhapsody to Go service, stream videos from AOL and check specific news feeds.
The device likewise still carries a 2.5-inch LCD and is customizable through Airskins, a software feature that changes both the interface color and pictures to one of multiple preset themes. An FM radio provides yet more music without having to sync with a computer.
The ibiza Rhapsody Sport is already available through Amazon and sells at a slight premium for its wireless features, coming at $179 for a 4GB edition and 8GB for $199. [via DAPreview]