Sony’s supposed “iPod killer”, the network walkman – a 20gb hard drive based player, is now available in the US for $399.95.
It is the smallest 20gb player around (a little bigger than a credit card and under half an inch thick.
Battery life is supposed to be 3 times that of the (3rd generation) iPod but it is $100 more than a 20gb 4th generation iPod and the Sony Network Walkman only plays Sony’s proprietary ATRAC3 format.
Personally I will be giving this a miss.
? Inputs and Outputs:
? Outputs: Headphone (Stereo Mini Jack), Line Out
? Input: USB Cradle Connector
? Power Requirements: Embedded Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
? Battery Life (Estimated): ATRAC3plus? Audio Playback: Up to 30 Hours2 with Embedded Lithium-ion Battery
? Supplied Accessories:
? SonicStage? Software
? Carrying Pouch
? USB Cable
? USB Cradle
? AC Power Adaptor
? 3.8oz (110g)
? 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ x 9/16″ (89.0 x 62.1 x 13.8mm)
2Up to 30 hours continuous playback with built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (fully charged) when playing in ATRAC3plus? @ 48kbps. Actual battery life may vary based on usage patterns.