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NEW TOSHIBA GIGABEAT!!! - Released June

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  1. jason.dunn

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    NEW TOSHIBA GIGABEAT!!!

    :thumbsup:

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    Available in 4 sizes of HDD:
    10Gb - Model No: MEGF10S
    20Gb - Model No: MEGF20S
    40Gb - Model No: MEGF40S
    60Gb - Model No: MEGF60S

    2.2inch LCD Colour Screen QVGA (240x320)
    MP3, WMA and WAV Compatible
    USB 2.0 & 1.1
    28 Equaliser settings + manual
    16 Hours Playback
    On screen guide
    Display album artwork
    Plus-sign shaped touch sensor
    Charging via USB
    Windows DRM 10 / Napster-To-Go Compatible
    Play For Sure Compatible
    JPEG Viewer
    Multi language

    Dimensions: Width 63mm x Height 106mm x Depth 16mm
    Weight: 160g

    Included in box:
    - USB Docking station for ripping and charging
    - AC Adaptor + Cable
    - USB Cable
    - Software
    - Earphones


    You can call Toshiba on 08704 424 424 if you really need to know anymore, but I think this must be enough.

    DUE FOR RELEASE JUNE!!!!! :smashin: :smashin: :smashin:

    Jay
     

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    anyone got any guide prices?
     
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    Amazon have prices of:

    20Gb - £209.99

    40Gb - £249.99

    60Gb - £289.99

    This is a bargain for such an amazing spec!!!
     
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    Looks very good, but if only the battery life was higher, similar to the Sony.
    Also the Sony does have an exchangable rechargable battery, which is quite good.

    That said it beats the maximum 30Gb of the Sony.

    Steve
     
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    The Gigabeat is going to be in shops in Central London on the 13th June!!!

    Can't wait for this product, it looks amazing!

    Anyone else as interested as me in getting there hands on one of these!!

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
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    I think the control set up is good - a touch cross. On mygigabeat.com it says:
    left side for previous track, right side for next track. Up and down can be configured to change albums or volume. Touch middle of cross to confirm/make selection. But, as above, if the batt was just a bit higher: 20-24hrs would be desirable
     
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    I have had the opportunity to have a play with the new gigabeat and I tell u what....the cross touch beats the Ipods wheel by miles!

    Its so so simple to use. I would choose this over the ipod anyday!!

    U can adjust the volume on it without having to come out of the track menu, which u can't on the Ipod!!

    Looks incredible, feels incredible, colour screen, affordable and sounds amazing!!!

    Gonna get one def!! :clap:

    NB. Amazon have changed the prices of the 20Gb one to £199.99, so cheap!!
     
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    Does it encode to mp3 on the fly?

    Craig
     
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    Any details on how it displays album art ? Is it like apple where you need to add the art into the mp3 file or like sony which takes the album art assigned to the album and transfers it across ?

    Matt
     
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    I am not 100% sure, but as far as I am aware, u need to transfer the album image onto the gigabeat. I personally have the album images in the album folder for the majority of my music. When uploading the folder to the gigabeat the image will show when u select the album.
     
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    Excellent... do you own one of these then Jason ?

    Also is it a replacable battery like the new sony or built in ?

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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    It has a built in rechargeable lithium ion battery!

    I don't actually own one i'm afraid, but i will when they are available from 13th June!!!
     
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    NO FM RADIO!!!!!
    When will my quest to find an mp3 player that suits me end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    This is off of a US site so not sure of differences in spec's, but someone on the site below has posted the manuals for the Hardware and associated bundled software.

    http://www.mygigabeat.com/
     
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    just seen a black version. mmmmmmmmmmm
     
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    its manual says that you have to xfer songs via its software or the MS pos.

    Then it's "encrypted" and you can pull the songs off and play them anywhere else.

    Anyone know if that's actually true?

    I thought it was supposed to let you simply drag and drop mp3's, etc, from the explorer.

    If this isn't the case, then it's not any better than an iPod which I won't use because I CAN'T F'ING STAND itunes.

    Page 27 of the "gigabeatroom manual" says:
    "Transfers can also be performed by dragging and dropping track from Explorer to the 'gigabeat Button'"

    But it looks like they're still encrypted. Stupid- looks like I'll cancel my order.
     
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    Why is it an issue?.. the software for the Tosh looks ok.. I love the bit where it checks the tags for album art and if it finds none it will use the first graphic file it finds in the same directory as the mp3s... oh how I wish sonicstage did that!

    Matt
     
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    Yes, Toshiba uses DRM too.
    Tracks are encrypted and the proprietary software adds the ".SAT" extension to audio files that have been transfered. (demo.mp3 => demo.mp3.SAT)

    You cannot get the tracks back to their original format and also you cannot transfer the encrypted files to another gigabeat.

    The only positive aspect compared to SonicStage is that you can transfer files from as many PC as you like without the need to authorize the player online and all this bullsh*t that affects Sony's software.
    Later,

    Alcahest
     
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    Anyone know if toshiba has some on the go playlist support? Maybe in the older models? Imo that's someting very important when you've got more then 20 gigs of music :|

    ty. :thumbsup:
     
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    gigabeat models support M3U playlists, as well as a system called "bookmark" which allows you to create a virtual playlist on the fly. But keep in mind that you can only bookmark an audio file while it's being played...
    Later,

    Alcahest
     
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    So no options like on the ipod where you can create a playlist and then listen to it. Am I realy missing something and isn't this a usefull function or something?
    :x
     
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    I put my music onto my main machine at home. Then I put it onto a player. Then I put it onto work machine 1, then a bit later, I get a new machine, I put it onto machine 2. Then I get new music (another CD), I put it onto my home machine, and then sync the player, then sync the other machines, whatever, etc.

    This is a deal killer for me. Toshiba doesn't even have a music-making division, does it?

    What're they protected, even Sony has figured it out...
     
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    I have placed a pre-order for the MEGF20.
    But it seems to me that all DAP's have some limitations in thier functionality.
    The bits that are bugging me on the Tosh is that I wont be able to create a play list. Thats stoopid, I would have thought that would be top of the want list for a lot of people, choose a bunch of tracks before your trip, then play em. :thumbsdow
    Secondly, drag and drop from explorer doesnt seem possible? Is that true? :thumbsdow
     
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    It looks very nice indeed.

    But at the end of the day, can we not have these overblown claims.

    The i-pod click wheel was said (so I was told here) to make other controls look 'pre-historic'. Now this is meant to 'beat the i-pod by miles'.

    I'm sure it's very good, as the click wheel is very good, but at the end of the day it's only next/prev/select. There really can't be that much difference, until someone invents a machine on which you can control these functions by mind control.

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    i've had the black f20 for two days now.

    first,,,the design IS AWESOME. slim clean, better looking than the iriver because of detailing,,,like brushed metal in the center that frames the screen. nifty charcoal grey metal trim. super cool milky translucent tiny round button than glow blue around the edges!!!!

    pictures to not do this unit justice. the cross is a marvelous design, not odd at all, and makes a clear statement that it's taking a shot at the ipod. the cross is unique. the cross is slide and/or tap,,,like a notebook touchpad.

    comes with a cradle, though not necessary to use. button on the cradle allows you to rip a cd directly to the player, no fuss no muss.

    i have the japanese only gigabeat21(which is fantasticly designed). the sound was not loud enough. the f20 is better.

    i am not familiar with other players, and the only players i've owned, used a folder structure(like the gigabeat21). the f20 uses both id3 tags AND folder support. i don't know if other players do this. i prefer the folders 10x over id3(too much damned scrolling).

    in short, cosmetically, this baby is a pure joy, kicks a** on the iriver h10,,,locks horns with the ipod,,,and 100x better looking than the sony hd5.

    a few things, as i am only getting used to it. you can custome every single song with it's own equalizer settings i think. navigation is a bit funny, but no problem at all. i prefer clicks rather than the touch sensitive slide. icons are clean and large and display semi-transparantly over the background. you can wallpaper. there are 32 equalizer settings including 3 srsWOW settings. there is a custom setting for bass/treble, but not a full equalizer(this is my only true gripe)

    i got it from crutchfield who are fantastic e-tailers.

    sound obviously depends on the earphones and i have a wide range. sony in ear phones, etymotic6 ear canal, sennheiser px100 for light travel, sennheiser 25's and sennheiser 555's. the sound gets better with each headset.

    the battery is supposed to be 14 hours. i have been editing and transfering and stuff as well as playing and the battery icon has not shifted.

    you need the toshiba software to transfer songs. i don't see drag and drop.(although there is drag/drop on the gigabeat21. so maybe i should check further). i have to set the source folder and then synchronize. i don't think i can transfer multiple folders. "toshiba room", that's the name of the software, wraps an .SAT extension to your songs as it transfers. the player appears as a hard drive on your computer. i transfered 870mb in 7 minutes.

    last word....if you are thinking about it,,,,DON'T......JUST DO! this baby WILL NOT dissappoint.
     
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    here are some images......
     

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    Thanks for that review miltie, any other information you can post would be great.
    I nearly cancelled my order until i read this.
    I know it's a bit like asking someone what they think of their new car, but it does help. :smashin:
     

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