Archos Debutes Gmini XS200 20GB Music Player

Archos announced Thursday the Gmini XS200 (see photo below), what it calls "the worldis smallest 20 gigabyte hard drive-based digital audio player" at US$249.99.

Measuring 2.9 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches versus 3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5 inches for the Apple iPod mini, the XS200 features a 2.2 inch gray-scale LCD screen and includes an icon-based interface. The XS200 stores up to 5,000 songs while playing MP3, WMA and WAV music files.

The new player also features the proprietary ARCLibrary, which lets users delete, rename, copy and move files, and create folders directly on the device without using a computer. Users can transfer content via the USB 2.0 high-speed interface and store data from a PC or Macintosh.

The Gmini XS200 is expected to be available by the end of October, the company said.