Suggesting that not everyone wants (or even needs) to spend hundreds of dollars for an Apple iPod, RCA has introduced a new line of digital media players. This affordable series carries the Gem Line brand, and includes the versatile RCA Opal music and video player ($75), which can store up to 680 songs or 8 hours of video. This player is compatible with music download and subscription services including eMusic, Yahoo! Music, Rhapsody and Napster. The Opal’s built-in rechargeable lithium battery will run for up to 15 hours on a single charge.
The rest of the Gem Line includes the compact RCA Pearl ($49), which is being touted as a combination USB thumb drive and music player, and the rugged RCA Jet player ($69) for the gym, as well as the RCA Jet Stream (Price TBD), which will add wireless headphone functionality when it arrives later this year.