I quite like 'em! Sony's last batch of players looked just like cheapo disposable lighters. These ones have got in-built USB connectors too which is always really useful. How much are they going to cost??
Karen, the Metro said they are going to cost £99 when it comes out in October. However, if you have a look at Sony's website, I think you can buy it right now, unless they only allow you to reserve it...
Yeah it's certainly nothing groundbreaking and if anything a step backwards from sony. The design is OK, even if it does look a little plasticy. But no support for aac or m4a is a problem. The walkman phone marked a step forward in sony supporting these formats meaning songs ripped in iTunes can be used on their device, so to leave it off here is unusual.
Sony must realise that alot of people already have music ripped in iTunes and alot of these people would be tempted to buy second digital audio player, what they will not want to do is re-rip their cd's to accomodate another player.
Sony, give up on ATRAC and start supoorting the formats people actually use!
I think that's the main problem for Sony. They want to copy Apple's success by forcing people to use their own format. However, they don't realise that Apple still have the advantage over them because they were in the market first!!!
True, I recently downloaded SonicStage 3.1 and although significantly better than 2.0, it's still miles off the useability of iTunes. The **only** reason I've got a Sony player over an iPod is the battery. 14 hours or whatever is franky rubbish.
Oh I'm sure you can compensate the battery life with the memory they give you! Recently, I've been looking at other alternatives, which allow me to download WMA files so I can join the free market. However, when I compare the memory, the iPods seem to give you the best deal.
The problem is that once you've had Apple, it's difficult going back. I've just bought a Monolith 1 Gb MX-7010 for recording purposes and although it does a lot more and sounds good, it's a pain compared with my Ipod. Apple really are that far ahead.
I really want to buy one of these Sony MP3 Walkman players but you can only download singles from their website if you want to buy them online. I also like Philips ShogBox player, but they only give you 256MB of memory for about £99. So the only other alternative seem to be iRiver, but when it comes to design, I prefer to stick with Apple untill something better comes out.