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April 15, 2005

Cowon iAudio X5 Info and Photos

The ever-resourceful DAPReview gang has gotten their hot little hands on what might be the only iAudio X5 in the US. They've got lots of photos and even more photos on the new audio/video player. And we're sure they're cranking away on a review as we speak, so stay tuned for that.

As you can see from the picture below, the X5 sizes up very favorably to the iPod while cramming in quite a few nice extra features.

Most noticably, the X5 has a bright, 1.8" color screen. Models will come in a range of capacities from 20GB up to 60GB and will not only play audio, but video as well. Past iAudio models have had excellent support for various music formats beyond MP3s (such as Ogg and FLAC) and we expect no different from the X5. We're not sure yet, though, which video formats the X5 will support.

Another big thumbs up for the X5 comes from its support for USB On the Go, which lets you import photos directly from a digital camera. Neither the iPod Photo or the iRiver H320 (the US version, at least) have this capability out of the box.

No word, however, on when (or IF!) it will be available in the US. Currently the X5 is only sold in Korea.

Related Links:
Cowon iAUDIO M5 Announced

Posted April 15, 2005 in iAUDIO by Lindsey Smith

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Problem is - if you are after one of the bigger hard drives and the long battery life ones, the price is prohibitive. Paticularly if you abide in the UK. I gather that it'll be £300 ($560-ish) for the 30gb X5L which is ridiculous considering they've taken out the remote and the cradle which will now be extra. (Or maybe I'm tightfisted ?)

Posted by: Phil K at May 7, 2005 11:19 AM

Phil, Can you compare the spec of the X5L to another on the market and tell us what that cost? Or should I say would cost if it were available?

Posted by: TB Tim at May 25, 2005 04:16 AM

Can't get these in the UK yet !!!

Anyone know how best to get them into the UK ???

Posted by: TB Tim at June 10, 2005 07:06 AM


Posted by: rape at June 26, 2005 01:41 AM

I love this MP3 player.....I love Cowon....I bought a beautiful Noreve case......Do not buy iPod but X5 !!!

Posted by: Julius at July 9, 2005 07:02 AM

Posted by: Migel Govansky at December 5, 2005 02:43 PM

Go home iPod! de Cowon iAudio X5 is the best mp3 player in the world!

Posted by: Marco at January 14, 2006 07:28 AM

this has to be the best mp3 player ever. Ipod got nothing on u x5

Posted by: DC at January 14, 2006 09:33 AM

I've been waiting for the Cowon iAudio X5 to come out in the US but I don't see it comming anytime soon! My nephews have been foaming at the mouth since they heard about it!

BTW, before I leave I'd like to compliment you on this blog....It's one of the best I've seen on the net! I'm hoping to incorporate some images and reviews on my mp3 player bargains blog I put up about a month ago.

Lol, after seeing yours I feel like I need to carry my head in shame! Actually, I'm kinda jealous at the moment! It looks like I have a lot of work to do.

If you ever get time and want to drop by to suggest a pointer or two, I'm all ears! Blog is found attached to site.

Thanks for all the ideas!

Posted by: Mary Murtha at March 10, 2006 12:05 AM

Great reading, keep up the great posts.
Peace, JiggaDigga

Posted by: JiggaDigga at April 7, 2006 09:38 AM

but if the new features of video/pictures don't turn your crank, would the old model of the iAudio M5 be a better purchase? Everyone is talking about the x5, no word on the M5...

just curious

Posted by: rahj at April 19, 2006 07:15 PM

You can order one through for $250 or so, apparently.

Posted by: Mike at April 23, 2006 07:17 PM

Nice blog, good info. KaylaX

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