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Samsung iPod Touch Rival Appears On Amazon

As expected, Samsung will launch a rival to Apple's iPod Touch called the Galaxy Player 50 that is based on its popular Galaxy S smartphone.

The 16GB version of portable media player (opens in new tab) costs £180 at Amazon with the 8GB version selling for £30 less.

Both will go on sale on the 7th of January and will come with £3 worth of MP3 downloads courtesy of Amazon. Oddly enough, the media players are available only in white is available at the time of writing.

The 84g device comes with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, a FM radio, a set of premium earphones (according to Samsung), compatibility with Google Android Market and BBC iPlayer, GPS, accelerator, a microSD card slot, support for a wide variety of file formats and Wi-Fi.

There is even a 2-megapixel camera onboard one, one that can also record movies and share with other DLNA-compatible devices.

Samsung has thrown in the ThinkFree office suite for those looking to use the Galaxy Player 50 as a business tool, which is quite handy for managing Microsoft documents on the move.

The Galaxy Player 50 is not only more powerful than the iPod Touch (albeit with a smaller screen and less pixels) but it is also less expensive.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.