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Tiny Victor DAP ugly as sin but does line-in MP3 encoding

Not many DAPs come with line-in recording for converting music from external sources to MP3 files, least of all cheap-looking plastic models that weigh just 37g.

The Alneo from Victor Japan does just that and is available in two capacities costing ¥15,000 ($125) for 1GB or ¥19,000 ($160) for 2GB; both models sport a three-line OLED screen.

As well as direct MP3 encoding, it includes an external microphone that enables it to double up as a voice recorder.

Although the voice recorder operates in mono (of course), the MP3 recording more than compensates, with encoding rates from 96-160kbps.

WMA, including DRM 9, is supported, which – when coupled with 20 hours of battery life per charge – makes for a very capable little machine that will, of course, flop totally in the face of the mighty(ly overrated) iPod.

(Crossposted to Tech.co.uk)

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