December 16, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
There are enough iPod-enhanced pets to start your own zoo. Now Nextar is adding another animal into the kingdom—and it doesn’t need to be tethered to a portable player.
Ribbit is a frog-shaped USB-enabled MP3 player. We’re not sure if you’d want to put this thing on your desk at work, but the stand-alone player supports both MP3 and WMA files, and even accepts voice recordings. Ribbit has 4GB of built-in memory, an eight-mode equalizer, five play modes, and supports seven languages. It’s also available in green, pink, black and blue.
Other features include an OLED display and a rechargeable lithium Ion battery, which promises six hours of playback when fully charged.
Nextar says that the Ribbit will “get sales jumping.” However, they are completely missing the Christmas season, which is the perfect time for goofy gifts like this one. Still, there’s always next year. The Ribbit will be leaping onto retail shelves starting in spring 2009. The MSRP is $25.
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