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The Cowon iAudio 9 is designed as an alternative to Apple's iPod Nano, offering superior sound quality than the iPod, along with broader format support, and integrated TV output capabilities.

The iAudio 9 is due to ship in November 2009, priced at $129 (8GB) and $169 (16GB).

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The Cowon iAudio 9 includes a 2-inch TFT LCD with a QVGA resolution of 320x240 pixels and 262,000 colors.

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The back of the Cowon iAudio 9 is bare, with the exception of a necklace loop at the bottom and a few pieces of branding.

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The Cowon iAudio 9 comes in four colors (silver, white, red, and black). For the U.S., only black will be available at launch.

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Here you can get a better sense of the iAudio 9's overall dimensions.

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A few close-up shots of the Cowon iAudio 9 reveal the unique diagonal touch strip navigation (carried over from the iAudio 7), as well as the volume rocker and microphone found on the left edge of the device.

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At just 8.9mm thick, the Cowon iAudio 9 can give the iPod Nano a run for its money when it comes to thin design. Here we can also see the buttons for menu and power included on the right edge of the device.

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The back view of the Cowon iAudio 9 in all its various colors.

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The Cowon iAudio 9 includes an FM radio, picture viewer, text reader, video player, voice recorder, and Flash Lite player, but it's primary focus is music playback.

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