Details on a forthcoming MP3 player from Archos named the Archos 2 have been revealed on Amazon.com. Though there's nothing revolutionary about the specs of the Archos 2, the $59 price tag (8GB) may be enough to have you overlooking its mediocrity. Basically, this is a budget MP3 player that emulates the candy bar designs and portrait-style screen orientations of the Apple iPod Nano and Microsoft Zune. The Archos 2 features a 1.8-inch color screen, and includes music playback (MP3, WMA), a photo viewer, video playback (AVI), and voice-recording capabilities. There's no FM radio, however, which is a little odd considering most iPod alternatives have one.
The arrival of the Archos 2 isn't a surprising move from the manufacturer, especially considering that it has been nearly two years since the release of the
A 16GB model of the Archos 2 is rumored for Europe, as well as a new PVP known as the Archos 4, which includes a 4-inch screen and up to 32GB of storage (a refresh of the