Sony Walkman reborn in 6, 20 GB capacities (nope, no more tapes) comment: 4
| Wednesday, September 07 (2005) 09:26PM | Posted by Lone
More Sony stuff
| ||Way to go Sony, announce your newest digital audio revolution on the same day as Apple releases an iPod. You've got them right where you want them...er, wait.|
Well, it's the new Sony Walkman, in 20 GB(NW-A3000) and 6 GB(NW-A1000) models. So you ask, what sets it apart from the NW-HD5 (or the HD1 and 3 for that matter)? Well, it's got an OLED screen for starters (2 inches on the 20 gigger, 1.5 inches on its little brother) and...also two new shuffle functions, 'My Favorite Shuffle', which shuffles the 100 most played tracks on the device, and 'Time Machine Shuffle', which randomnly chooses a year and plays all tracks from that period. The 20 GB player comes in violet and silver; the 6 GB in those colors plus pink and blue. Sony is making a push with accessories this time, as various docks/speaker docks, cases, and remotes will be available for the new Walkmans.
So did these new shuffle 'features' warrant a whole new product? Well, the Walkman looks nice and all with its cell-phone-esque style, but the NW-HD series wasn't exactly lacking in cool design either. Eh, it's Sony - make it look sleek, throw in Sonicstage, and ship it.
: A 2 GB flash player was introduced (the NW-A608, looks like NW-E507, probably just a capacity bump), as well as new 'Connect' management software (no more Sonicstage?).
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