Haier America (?!) this week used CES as its platform for getting into the wireless MP3 player market. It unveiled a new line up of flash and hard drive based portable media players which make use of online services like Rhapsody to collect content wirelessly. This players are called the ibiza Rhapsody and it is available now in at least a 30GB hard drive model.
The ibiza Rhapsody players for Haier let you, in summary, have “Wi-Fi enabled access to unlimited digital entertainment possibilities. With the ibiza Rhapsody, consumers can now enjoy the Rhapsody digital music service, AOL Video and other digital content from just about anywhere there’s an available Wi-Fi hotspot.” You can also directly subscribe to a variety of podcasts from the player and enjoy an integrated FM radio.
Get the full details after the jump.
HAIER AMERICA PARTNERS WITH RHAPSODY AND AOL VIDEO TO INTRODUCE THE IBIZA RHAPSODY WI-FI PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER
New ibiza Rhapsody Delivers a Truly Integrated, On-Demand Multimedia
Experience Over any Wi-Fi Network
Las Vegas, NV, January 7, 2008 – Haier America, a leading provider of electronics and home appliances, today announced the ibiza™ Rhapsody®, a new class of Wi-Fi portable media players that combine an advanced music experience with Wi-Fi enabled access to unlimited digital entertainment possibilities. With the ibiza Rhapsody, consumers can now enjoy the Rhapsody digital music service, AOL Video and other digital content from just about anywhere there’s an available Wi-Fi hotspot.
“The ibiza Rhapsody will present consumers with an exciting alternative to the existing media players on the market,” said Michael Jemal, President and CEO of Haier America. “Wi-Fi compatibility and a comprehensive feature set provide users with a truly unique experience. Freedom from the PC is what will drive this market in the months to come and the ibiza Rhapsody is poised to deliver music and other content at a level no other device can offer. We’re excited to partner with Rhapsody and AOL to bring this innovative offering to mobile music lovers across the country.”
The new ibiza Rhapsody gives consumers instant portable access to the full Rhapsody music experience, including millions of songs, professionally programmed music channels and exclusive performances from top artists in every genre. And in a first for Rhapsody, the ibiza lets consumers instantly refresh their Rhapsody music anywhere there’s Wi-Fi available –at home, at the airport or at a favorite coffee shop– and take it on the go without stopping by a PC.
“Rhapsody satisfies even the most hardcore music fan by having all the music they could ever want at their fingertips,” said Michael Bloom, head of Rhapsody. “The ibiza Rhapsody extends that instant gratification experience even farther to deliver music wherever and whenever you want it.”
Through a partnership with AOL Video, the ibiza Rhapsody delivers free access to tens of thousands of streaming on-demand user generated videos giving consumers hours of digital video entertainment at their finger tips.
With one of the most robust feature sets of any portable media player on the market, the ibiza Rhapsody also boasts stereo Bluetooth compatibility (30GB model), automatic downloads, dynamic menus, and customizable skins, FM radio, podcasts and pictures, and Airskins™ personalized content themes.
The ibiza Rhapsody is the first connected portable media player that allows users to directly subscribe to a myriad of podcasts. This free feature gives users access to 1000′s of podcasts, which are automatically updated via Wi-Fi, without having to connect to your PC.
The ibiza Rhapsody is immediately available in a 30 Gigabyte model, and is soon to be available in 4 or 8 Gigabyte Flash models, on Amazon.com, the official launch partner of the ibiza Rhapsody, for this holiday season (MSRPs of $299, $229, and $199 respectively).
The ibiza Rhapsody ships with a 30 day free trial for Rhapsody. Following the free trial, consumers can enjoy select Rhapsody radio channels and 25 free plays a month from Rhapsody or subscribe to Rhapsody To Go ($14.95 a month) for unlimited access.
Additional features of the ibiza Rhapsody include:
* Video Playback
* FM Radio Tuner for Local Programming
* Hundreds of Popular Podcasts Refreshed and Delivered Automatically
* User-created Videos and Pictures
* 2.5″ QVGA LCD
* 802.11 b/g wireless connection with support for WEP/WPA
* (30 GB) Supports Bluetooth 2.0 Specification (A2DP, AVRCP)
* USB 2.0 mini-B Universal Data Connection and Charging
* 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty, Including Parts and Labor