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Philips Aria, Vibe, Opus MP3 players come to U.S.

Philips unveils three new models of their GoGear line of MP3 players, named Aria, Vibe, and Opus.

According to a recent Philips press release, the Aria and Opus GoGear MP3 players announced for Europe last February are coming to the States, joined by a wallet-friendly newcomer named the GoGear Vibe.

The Philips Gogear Vibe MP3 player.
The Philips GoGear Vibe arrives in April for as little as $49. Philips

The Philips GoGear Vibe is due out in April, priced at $49 for 4GB, and $59 for 8GB. You can pick the player up in either black or white (the white model looks pretty cool, actually), each featuring a 1.5-inch color screen and support for music, photos, video, FM radio, and voice recording.

If you need an MP3 player with a little more meat to it, the Philips GoGear Aria (known as the Ariaz to all you Europeanz), features a 2-inch color screen, and packs 8GB or 16GB of storage for $79 and $99, respectively. The Aria also comes bundled with Philips sound-isolating earphones, instead of typical earbuds.

Finally, for those who either go big, or go home, the Philips GoGear Opus offers a 2.8 inch screen, sound-isolating earphones, 8GB of storage, and sells for just $99. Like the Vibe and Aria, the Opus includes music, photo, video, and radio features, but has the distinction of being the only player in the lineup that includes support for FLAC and unprotected AAC audio formats. Expect to see the Opus on shelves in May of 2009.

For all you Rhapsody fans, it's worth noting that all three of these GoGear players have been engineered to work seamlessly with Rhapsody's subscription music service, and go so far as to include Rhapsody content as a separate main menu selection.