Just when you thought we’d never see products other than Apple’s own being marketed with the whole “i” moniker again, the folks at iriver have just released a new MP3 player into the market. Called the iriver T9, this USB stick resembles an iPod Shuffle with a display and control pad. The Monochrome OLED display is used for navigation purposes and to show you what song is being played at the moment – or to run a “screen saver” that says “I love you” and “Enjoy your life” for some strange reason.
It also packs a G-sensor that can be used to count your calories while exercising, and lets you shake the screen for the next song. Flipping it 180 degrees also enables the repeat mode. Speaking of repeat mode, it has a Switching UI that lets you play your favorite part of a song on an endless loop. Not exactly a very common feature on MP3 players, which should help it stick out from the crowd.
It comes in sizes of 2 or 4GB, plays MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC, has SRS WOW sound enhancements, an FM radio and a voice recorder. No prices have been mentioned, but don’t expect it to break the bank when it drops.