(08-02-2004) - In the world of portable music players, the spotlight has lately been on Apple Computer Inc.'s top-selling iPod, but Rio Audio, the MP3 player pioneer, isn't idling in the shadows.

Rio, now owned by Digital Networks North America, Inc., debuted a player Monday that is expected to be the first of many to squarely compete against the popular 4-gigabyte iPod Mini.

The Rio Carbon, shaped like a slim wedge and weighing 3.2 ounces, uses Seagate Technology's new 1-inch, 5-gigabyte hard drive, and touts up to 20 hours of playback time on a rechargeable battery. It will cost $249 and be available in late August, said Dan Torres, Rio's vice president of product marketing.

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