As it turns out, iriver doesn’t have any major product announcements at CES, so perhaps this works out all around.
On the other hand this sucks is a completely different way. iriver had gotten a lot of attention a few weeks back when they told everyone that they were going to unveil a new ebook reader. They didn't release very many details, but it was rumored to be based on the same screen as the iriver Story HD and possibly run on Android.
I was really looking forward to that device. But at least I can console myself with breaking the news that it won't be on display.
Of course, I'm going to have to add a word of caution. The rep might have been mistaken or he might have fudged details. I'm still planning to look the new device when I visit the iriver booth at CES next week. It will only take a brief 90 second walkthrough to make sure it's not in their booth.
I hope it is.