Remember those big boxy things that you wore on your hip, and had to open up every twenty minutes or so to turn over the thingy inside so the good tunes didn’t stop? Yeah, me either. But the Japanese may have a harder time letting go, as it seems that Sony is just now getting around to ceasing production of the cassette Walkman in the far east. Sony will stop selling cassette Walkmans in Japan when the current supply runs dry sometime around April. However, China will still see the production of Sony brand Walkmans, but they will probably be few and far between. Now, let's all bow our heads and finally lay the cassette Walkman down to rest.
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Sony has recently release the NWZ-W252 W-Series Walkman MP3 player, a fully wearable unit tailored for those that like to listen to their power song while sweating it out at the gym or on a run. The device is water resistant and lightweight, so it should obviously do well in situations where you are moving and have the potential to get wet, or rained on. We were able to get our hands on the Sony W-Series NWZ-W252 Walkman, and we put it through its paces as best we could. How does the device stack up? Read on, and we’ll tell you.
Sony has finally revealed the S Series Walkman, which supports JPGs, MP3/WMA/AAC audio, and H.264/MP4/WMV video at 30fps. It also has an FM tuner with time-shifting, stereo speakers, a 2.4-inch screen, and a Lithium-Ion battery that’ll provide you with 42 hours of audio, or 6.4 hours of video playback.
That’s not all, though. Sony is also introducing the E Series Walkman, which is similar to the S Series, but forgoes the speakers, and has a 2-inch QVGA screen. It also doesn’t support H.264 video.
The S and E Series come in many colors, at varying prices. The S-Series is $110 for the 8GB, and the $130 for the 16GB. The E-Series is $80 for the 8GB, and the 16GB version is $100.
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It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the very first Walkman came out. In honor of the occasion (or perhaps in spite of it) Scott Campbell gave up his iPod for a week and was asked to try it out. Some of his comments were worth repeating:
- “When I wore it walking down the street or going into shops, I got strange looks, a mixture of surprise and curiosity, that made me a little embarrassed.”
- “It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape.”
- “When playing, it is clearly evident that the music sounds significantly different than when played on an MP3 player, mainly because of the hissy backtrack and odd warbly noises on the Walkman.”
- “I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down ‘rewind’ and releasing it randomly.”
His dad’s comment when he told him about his idea, “Walkmen eat tapes.” P.S. We liked that hissy backtrack.
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Sony has updated their USB Walkman E-Series, the 2GB NW-E042 and 4GB NW-043, and added an 8GB NW-E044. With a 3-line color LCD display, it also has FM tuner, SonicStage V music management software and support MP3, ATRAC, AAC, WAV and WMA. Unfortunately they don’t support DRM music, however each comes with a Stype-UP Panel, an interchangeable skin. The Walkmen come with their own USB cable for charging and sync and EX earbuds with 13.5mm drivers. Look for them in mid-May in Japan with prices ranging from ~$81.00 to ~$132.00.
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Sony’s answer to Apple’s touch may turn out to be competition. The X1000 features a 3-inch (432x240 pixels) OLED touchscreen display, 32GB storage, an FM tuner, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV audio/AVC, H.264, MPEG4, WMV video capability and 802.11g/b WiFi. It also has integrated noise cancellation, a NetFront browser, 33 hours of music or 9 hours of video playback. No price or availability date as yet and we hope it comes in more than the finish shown.
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Sony Ericsson’s Hikaru Walkman-branded phone has been outed with plenty of high-end features. The slider has a 2.6-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera, 8GB memory and Walkman player 4.0. Add to that stereo speakers, dedicated music keys and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plans are to release the Hikaru phone before Q2 although no exact date or price has been mentioned, but our best guess is that will be high-end as well.
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AT&T is undoubtedly pleased to carry the latest Sony Ericsson W760a cell phone. The 3G Walkman phone features an accelerometer for control by shaking or tilting to fast forward to the next song. The technology can also be used for video games. The cellie has an HTML browser, a 3.2 megapixel cam, dedicated gaming buttons, and AT&T Navigator support. Available in red, black or silver, the W760 carries a price of $129.99 after rebates and purchase of a 2 year contract.
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Sony’s new Walk
man NW-EO13 set of PMPs has obviously been designed to include the princess in your life. With its 1 GB storage capacity, it can handle MP3s, ATRACs, WMAs, AACs, and PCMs. It features a color LCD display and FM tuner. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, and with a size of merely 82.9 × 22.4 × 13.6 mm, look for a mid December release for 10,980 yen (~$102.00.) Perhaps your princess will grant you one of those Christmas favors you have been trying to earn for the entire year.
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Sony Ericsson has released the MBW150 Bluetooth 2.0 Watch. One generation removed from it’s 100 model, it is made of stainless steel and crystal and comes in Classic, Executive, and Sporty designs. Designed to go with their Walkman phone, the timepiece features a remote control for the music player and shows what track is playing on the watch face. The device vibrates when you receive a call, can trace IDs, and has mute and reject buttons. We suspect that in the near future, this watch will become the phone. Check with Sony Ericsson for more details.
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