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Exclusive hands-on: Philips GoGear MP3 players

Competition for the gym-friendly Shuffle.

Crave UK

Philips has had a line of consistently easy-to-use MP3 players to appeal to the screw-the-iPod-I'm-
not-a-sodding-conformist crowd for some time, but to our knowledge it hasn't released anything to compete with the gym-friendly iPod Shuffle. Until now.

The GoGear SA2820 is a 2GB mini-MP3 player with a miniature dot-matrix LCD screen, a reflective plastic finish, and square form factor that goes for 30 pounds (about $59). Inside is support only for MP3, WMA, and WAV files--no AAC or protected WMA, we're afraid. But it'll keep pumping tunes for about 20 hours and in our initial listening tests it sounds pretty decent, with good clarity and reasonable power. Click here for more.

(Source: Crave UK)