We thought Philips had finally turned a corner last December, when it started giving its MP3 players actual names, not just model numbers, and broke away from its tired black designs. Unfortunately, mediocrity has reared it's bland head again, with the announcement of two new additions to Philips' GoGear MP3 player line-up destined for Europe in April.
The GoGear Ariaz (pictured) is the more unique of the two MP3 players. It includes touch-sensitive buttons, a rocker switch for scrolling through menus, a 51mm (2-inch) screen, FM radio, FullSound audio enhancement and MPEG-4 video support. The Ariaz will be offered in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities priced at €79 (£70), €99 (£90), and €129 (£115) respectively.
Philips is also rolling out the GoGear Opus, which, aside from its 32GB capacity ceiling and smaller screen, looks like a more fully-baked version of 2008's SA6185. The Opus comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, priced at €99, €147 (£130) and €179 (£160).