Sony taking on the iPod

sony network walkman hard drive mp3 player

Sony have announced their supposed “iPod killer”, a 20gb hard drive based player, it is the smallest 20gb player around (a little bigger than a credit card and under half an inch thick.

Price is expected to be under $400 when it is released in the US, and battery life is supposed to be 30 hours (3 times that of a comparable iPod).

One downside to the device is that it only plays Sony’s proprietary ATRAK format…. when will device manufacturer’s accept that people who own legitimately purchased music want to be able to play it in the CD Player, PC, and “Walkman” without buying a song 3 times.

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