Toshiba Gigabeat Portable Media Center – Better than iPod?

During the BillG Keyote CES the  Toshiba Gigabeat was shown for the first time, the Gigabeat is a version 2.0 Portable Media Center device, devices come with up to 60GB storage - more information here and on the CNET news site - Portable Media Centers give you the ability to download music, photos and video from your desktop PC to your device - The latest movies can also be downloaded from Vongo.

Toshiba Gigabeat S

How do you think this stacks up with the iPod?

- Mike

Comments (8)

  1. Mike, I held but haven’t used a Gigabeat in the store and it seemed nice but was bigger than my iPod video. I used to have an iRiver device but it got to be a pain to manage podcasts using iPodder. I switched to the iPod (I’m a windows user) and haven’t looked back. I give up a few features (remote, FM tuner…) but what I get in return is ease of use that the non-ipod crowd just can’t touch right now.

  2. Buck says:

    Dear Mike,

    I am a student from China,and my teammembers are working hard for Windows Embedded Student Challenge.But we are wondering what does enviroment mean? You see,I have a very good idea,but all my teammates are wonder if it is out of you concept of enviroment.So,I just want you to tell me,if a system about human livings,like buildings security,accident tready,etc. is ‘enviroment’ in your opinion.

    I’m waiting for you reply.Thank you!

  3. mikehall says:

    Buck – a quick web search for "what is the environment" turned up a number of links, including this one.

    Surroundings in which an organization operates, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans and their interrelation.

    – Mike

  4. Matt Newman says:

    It looks really cool, I wish I could afford one (still trying to pay for an Xbox 360). How well do these devices integrate with Windows XP Media Center systems?

  5. mikehall says:

    I have a couple of media devices (Creative Zen Micro 5GB h/d based wma/mp3 player, and iRiver pmc-120 Portable Media Center).

    The iRiver device is fairly large when compared to the new Toshiba Gigabeat device.

    The Creative Zen, the iRiver, and a host of other media devices sync with a desktop PC using MTP (Media Transfer Protocol –

    This means that you don’t need any specific drivers on the desktop PC, you just need Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 – plug in your media device, and sync!

    Works really well.

    – Mike

  6. Tomas says:

    Maybe I’m biased, but this player is the best thing yet not being an iPod.

    The fact that it works flawlessly with WMP and XBOX 360 will make it very attractive to new and old DAP users.

    I spend some good time with this unit at CES this year, and came awayvery impressed. The video play back is very good. I would say that video looks better and plays smoother than on the iPod.

    Checkout blog for latest information and the forum if you have any questions.

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