CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW: CNET editors cover the Next Big Thing
Rio Carbon Pearl: the eminently pocket-size player becomes
even more stylish
January 4, 2005; 3:30 p.m.
Rio Carbon Pearl
The prospects: Buyers new to the world of digital audio may be drawn to the Pearl Rio Carbon's sleek size and cool reflective silver look. However, it'll be hard for it to compete against the Apple iPod Mini's seductive brand name, especially at the same $249 price. Current iPodders won't find much use for the Pearl, since it lacks support for Apple's AAC file format, the style of music Apple serves up at its massively successful online music store.
By Brian Bennett, staff editor, CNET Reviews
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